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Suspension Rates Higher in Low Income School Districts

Health by Numbers

In 2014-2015, the suspension rate varied in elementary school districts in San Mateo County with highs between 3.1% to 4.9% of students and lows between 0% to 0.6% of students.

Students from low income districts face challenges inside and outside the classroom that can make the academic setting challenging. Suspension from school removes children from the learning environment and can delay or prevent intervention for behavioral or developmental conditions. Children who are suspended are more likely to drop out of school or be incarcerated than children who are not.

San Mateo County’s Youth Need Index brings together several factors that help us identify areas of high need for young people. Data from the index is available in separate maps—click on the tab to view data you’re most interested in.