Oregon has a problem with chronic absenteeism.

“Chronic absenteeism is a complex issue that requires a thoughtful and complex response. Schools and students cannot fix this problem alone. Cross-sector partnerships with local and state health agencies, community based organizations, community and business members, with families must be leveraged to provide essential wrap around support to address the root causes of chronic absenteeism for all students. Creating these partnerships and welcoming school environments can impact absenteeism rates, as well as high school graduation, school discipline, and academic performance. Best and promising practices are most successful when they are systematically applied with knowledge of the local context.”

Poor dental health is a leading cause of absenteeism.

"Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their success later in life.2 Tooth decay is preventable and ensuring that students have the preventive oral health services they need in school is important in helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. Dental sealants prevent tooth decay and also stop cavities from growing—they result in a large reduction in tooth decay among school-aged children 5–16 years of age."