Friday, March 21 was the second worst attendance day in school history. On the day before spring break, 20 percent of the student body was absent from school.
The worst attendance day was April 2005 on “ditch day,” according to school attendance coordinator Gabe Preciado.
While the absences in 2005 were largely due to students skipping school, the lack of attendance this year was mainly the result of school trips. The choir, the jazz band and the robotics club all left school the day before spring break to travel with their groups for school-related purposes.
560 of the 986 total missed classes that day were due to field trip absences, Preciado said.