If you are not in school, you are falling behind.
Regular school attendance is essential. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s education. Parents, be sure to send your children to school every day and on time.
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
DID YOU KNOW?
- Students can still fall behind if they miss 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Missing 10%, or 2 days a month, over the course of the year can affect a student's academic success.
- Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help a student catch up.
When a student misses 2 DAYS A MONTH:
- They will miss 20 DAYS A YEAR.
- They will miss 30 HOURS of MATH
- They will miss 60 HOURS of READING & WRITING
- They will miss over 1 YEAR of school by graduation
When a student misses 4 DAYS A MONTH:
- They will miss 40 DAYS A YEAR.
- They will miss 60 HOURS of MATH
- They will miss 120 HOURS of READING & WRITING
- They will miss over 2 YEAR of school by graduation
What Can You Do
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
- Know and understand the attendance policy for your district. (Click here for Student Handbook)
- Establish and maintain a morning and nightly routine to make showing up for class stress-free.
- Only keep them home if they are truly ill.
- Plan ahead and schedule routine doctor/dental visits on non-school days. (Click here for Academic Calendar)
Compulsory Attendance Exemptions - All Grade Levels:
All students, including prekindergarten and kindergarten, are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled.
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for the following activities and events, as long as the student makes up all work:
- Religious holy days;
- Required court appearances;
- Activities related to obtaining U.S. citizenship;
- Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, including absences related to autism services, if the student returns to school on the same day of the appointment and brings a note from the health-care provider;
- For students in the conservatorship of the state;
- An activity required under a court-ordered service plan; or
- Any other court-ordered activity, provided it is not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of school hours. For children of military families, absences of up to five days will be excused for a student to visit a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian going to, on leave from, or returning from certain deployments. [See Children of Military Families in the Student Handbook on pages 17 & 18 for more information.]