Classroom Seat Time Saved

Far too many young people are frequently absent from school leading to significant short and long-term consequences. Children who are consistently absent are more likely to fall behind in school, drop out, and have poorer health outcomes. Acute illnesses such as colds, flus or injuries; chronic diseases like asthma or diabetes; dental problems; behavioral health problems; and exposure to violence and trauma can keep children out of school for short periods of time with chronic regularity or for extended periods.

School-based health centers (SBHCs) help address these concerns and minimize school tardiness, absences, and early dismissals by providing health services on or near school campuses. Without accessible health services, students may be sent home rather than having their health issues addressed in real-time and being sent back to class. Early dismissals mean missed classroom instruction time or “seat time” for students and, in some states, can even mean a loss of funds for the school.

Seat time refers to the time that students are seated in the classroom and can be measured three ways:

  • The percent of SBHC visits that result in sending students back to class rather than to their homes or a hospital, emergency room, or external health care provider.
  • The total hours of the remaining school day students save once they are sent back to class after visiting the SBHC.
  • The average time of a visit to the SBHC versus the amount of time it would take students to seek care from an external health care provider.

The Alliance has developed a comprehensive guide and data collection template to support SBHC providers as they demonstrate the value of the SBHC model to health and education systems by documenting and reporting classroom seat time saved.

Click here to download the guide

Click here to download template for documenting data