Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patricia Whang


The focus issue addressed in this Capstone Project is students who are chronically absent due to medical reasons. This is an important issue for many students because it impacts not only their education, in addition to their future. An evidence based argument is offered that it is important to provide guidance, along with the work that is expected to be completed for students who are chronically absent. The primary stakeholder perspectives chosen were three parents with chronically absent children, because these parents have had experience working with both the school and the students through unforeseen circumstances. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the interview data and were explored as ways to address the issue presented. Independent study, in combination with a set time to meet with the teacher each week, along with peer interaction is argued to be the most effective way to help students who are chronically absent.