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 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 he/she is truly sick.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, discuss with teachers, school counselors and other parents on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning.
- Develop plans for getting to school in case something comes up. Include trusted family members, neighbors and other parents in the planning.
- 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.
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Make that the expectation.
- Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.
Help your teen stay engaged
- Find out if your child feels engaged in his 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.
- Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school.
- Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
- Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
- Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.
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