This story was originally published on Aug. 28 by THE CITY.
Tens of thousands of New York City public school students with disabilities are so “severely chronically absent” that they miss nearly two months of instruction per year, a new analysis found.
For the most recent year of data available, 13% of the roughly 200,000 students with disabilities missed 36 or more days during the 2015-’16 school year. That’s about 26,000 students who were absent at least one out of every five school days.
An even higher percentage of those students who were classified with emotional disturbances — 38%, or 4,800 of the 26,000 — missed nearly two months of school that year, according to the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.
“The negative consequences of missing