A growing body of research suggests that frequent absences -- even excused ones -- can sharply increase a student's chances of eventually leaving school. State education officials are holding a conference on Thursday in Sacramento to help educators respond to chronic absence warning signs before it's too late.
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, director of Attendance Works, a national initiative that works to curb chronic absence
David Kopperud, chair of the California Department of Education's State School Attendance Review Board, which is hosting the conference
Jan Moorehouse, superintendent of Del Norte County Unified School District and Office of Education
Hattie Tate, principal of Dewey Academy in the Oakland Unified School District
Eric Young, senior at Dewey Academy