Attendance: Every Day Counts!

Every School Day Counts!

Help your child succeed in school by Building a Habit of Good Attendance

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about themselves and school. It also helps them to do well in high school, college, and their career.

Quick facts about attendance

  • Missing school just 18 days during a school year can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every month.
  • Attendance is an important life skill. It will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • 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 potentially serious difficulty.

How You Can Help (K-8 tips)

  • Set a regular schedule for bedtime and morning routine.
  • Prepare for school the night before by laying out clothes, packing backpacks, and preparing lunches. Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, discuss with teachers, school counselors, and parents to determine if there is a cause for the anxiety and how to help overcome it.
  • Develop plans for getting to school in case something comes up.
  • Avoid making medical appointments and planning trips when school is in session.

How You Can Help (High School tips)

  • Make school attendance a priority.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged in their classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Ask for help from school officials, after-school programs, other parents, or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

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