BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The state has a plan to crack down on truancy.
Here in Kern County educators are already working on the problem.
The rate of truancy here is about the same as the rest of the state.
Officials are focusing on elementary school students because they say that’s where problems begin.
Some local districts estimate it cost them as much as $6 million a year in school funding and the costs to society are even higher.
"The numbers are that that costs to the state for those young people who drop out, commit juvenile crimes or are maybe involved in the juvenile justice system or the lack of full employment because they are not meeting their full potential is estimated around $46 billion a year," said Daryl Thiesen, the prevention programs coordinator for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
Part of the state's plan is make counties create school attendance review boards, something kern county already has.