School Administrators Work to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism After Wildfires – September 18, 2019

Studies show that dropping out of high school can shorten your life expectancy. Disruptions to daily life caused by recent wildfires have made getting to school harder. On the North Bay Report, find out how far some school administrators will go to keep kids in the classroom.

Following a disaster, students tend to miss more school days to cope with loss and find time to recover. But studies show that missing school can affect graduation rates and dropouts can have worse health outcomes later in life. KRCB’s Adia White tells us how school administrators are fighting to keep students in the classroom

This story was produced for the USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship. For more on wildfire and health visit

(Photo: Director of student services, Dena Kapsalis – Adia White, Nor Cal Public Media)