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4 Important Spring Absence & Substitute Trends
There are a few general truths when it comes to the end of the school year. Students get restless, the weather gets warmer and absence rates rise. And we don’t just mean student absences — teachers and other district employees tend to take more time off in the spring, too.
How do we know this? It’s not just intuition — this is confirmed by data from the Frontline Research and Learning Institute’s March absence report. Let’s take a look at the report’s key findings and what they could mean for your district.
One thing to keep in mind is that this report is based on data from nearly five thousand educational organizations and over 2.7 million employees. With such a comprehensive data set, these numbers are representative of national norms. But averages can hide variations, so it’s still important to have an effective way to track and manage employee absences within your own district. With that in mind, let’s dive in!
1. More Absences per Employee
2. More Vacations, Fewer Sick Days
3. Lower Fill Rates
4. Non-Working Substitutes
Taking Action in Your District
These statistics can help you prepare for more absences and lower fill rates as the school year winds down. And comparing your own district’s data against national trends can help you make even more strategic decisions. But these aren’t the only statistics you should keep in mind.
You’re in luck: you can read more of our findings and see what questions you should be asking in our full March Absence Report.