At our school I'm noticing really high absence levels where it seems like 3-4 students per class are gone for 2-4 weeks at a time for various reasons such as family travel, or "illnesses", or other things. And the students rotate, so it seems like at least 50% of my students have missed at least 3 weeks of school this semester in total. I think parents don't value education as highly in this community so they don't mind letting their kids stay home if they don't feel like going to school that day or taking them out of school for long periods of time for vacations and hunting trips, etc. My question is: should I care or not? It's ultimately the student's responsibility to get their make-up work if they've been gone for an extended time, and for that length of time, they should be in my classroom every lunch for AT LEAST one week. Most of them don't show up period, except maybe now that the semester is ending expecting to catch up on something that we covered months ago. Almost all of the students failing my class are failing because they were gone for like a month and never bothered to make up their missing work even though they check their grades and missing assignments at least twice a month (because they are forced to in their advisory class), and have 24/7 access to their grades and missing assignments at any time. I feel like absence rates here are endemic and maybe I should chase after these students and get them to turn in work, but I also feel like if I chase after them now that's just going to teach them to continue to wait till the last minute to catch up on missed work and continue to feel like they can miss large stretches of school with no consequence. Should I implement a policy where they can only make up work within a certain amount of time? (it would be hard for me to keep track of that though) What do you guys do if you have this many absences?