Attendance Matters!

Families really are the key to good student attendance!!!!

  • Avoid extended vacations that require your children to miss school.
  • Whenever possible, work with doctors to schedule appointments outside of school hours.
  • For younger children, set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before school.
  • YOUNG CHILDREN NEED 9 - 11 HOURS OF SLEEP!
  • For older children, help them set homework and bedtime routines. When the lights go out, make sure video games, computers and cell phones are 'out' too!
  • FOR OLDER CHILDREN, ALLOW FOR 8 1/2 TO 9 1/2 HOURS OF SLEEP!
  • Get to know your child's administrators, teachers, counselors and school social workers. All of these professionals can help you and your children stay on track throughout the school year.
  • Set a good example! Whether your child is five or fifteen, let him or her know that attendance matters to you; that there is no negotiating when it comes to regular, on time attendance.

Pre-K and Elementary

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause a child to fall behind
  • Missing 10% (or 18 days in a 180 day school year) can make it harder for a child to learn to read
  • Students can fall behind even if they miss one or two days every other week

To learn more and find out what parents can do, read Attendance Works' 
Attendance Works Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early


Keep Your Child on Track - Middle & High School

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other serious issues
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

To learn more and find out what parents can do, read Attendance Works'
Attendance Works Middle High School Parent Info

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