Attendance Awareness
Posted on 10/05/2016
teacher and student working together at a deskImproving student attendance is an essential, cost-effective but often overlooked strategy for ensuring our students are on-track to learn and succeed.  Nationwide, as many as one out of 10 students is chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of school days, or nearly a month.  Good attendance will help your children do better in school, in college, and at work.  Please consider the following:

Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days.  That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.

Some absences are unavoidable.  We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally.  The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.

Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter.  Before you know it, just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.

if too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether they are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.

Attendance matters as early as kindergarten.  Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years.  They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.

Preschool is a great time to start building a habit of good attendance.  Young children with poor attendance in preschool also lose out on valuable learning time and if chronic absence continues into kindergarten, it can pull down academic achievement.

By middle and high school chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.

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