Attendance Matters

  • Help your child succeed in school by building the habit of good attendance early so they learn right away that attending school on time and every day is important. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves and good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and in their future careers.

    If children do not attend school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.

    Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year, or about 18 days.  That’s just one day every two weeks.

    Research shows that missing 2-3 days a month can result in:

    • 3rd-grade students falling behind in reading
    • 6th-grade students failing courses
    • Teens dropping out of high school

    Sporadic absences matter.  Just one or two days a month can add up before you know it!

    If you are facing challenges related to health care, unstable housing, transportation or lack of food, your school can help.  We can connect you to services for the whole family.

    Some absences are unavoidable.  Children get sick and need to miss school occasionally. The important thing is to have students attend school as often as possible and on time.  If your student must be absent, it is important you communicate with your school and report the absence.