Attendance Matters

 

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Starting to build this habit early teaches students right away that going to school every day, on time, is important. Good attendance helps children do well in high school, college, and at work. Too many absences can keep students from succeeding in school and life. Just 18 missed days (2 days per month) - that's 10% of the school year! - can knock students off track.

We understand there are many reasons why students may be absent from school, and we are here to help your child and your family if there are any challenges getting in the way of regular attendance. If your child seems anxious about going to school, please talk to your child’s teacher, the school social worker or the building principal for advice and strategies on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

Avoid medical appointments and trips when school is in session whenever possible. Before you leave on that anticipated vacation or extended trip to visit family, remember that these are unexcused absences. Students who have 10 or more unexcused absences will be exited and have to re-enroll in school upon his or her return.

If your student will miss a day of school, all absences must be reported by 9:00am the day of student absence. Each school has an attendance hotline available 24 hours a day.