It is expected that all enrolled students attend school on a regular basis.
Good attendance benefits your child in many ways.
Academic Achievement Improves
Studies have shown that students who attend school regularly perform better in school. Poor attendance is often the single greatest cause of poor performance and achievement. Students with good attendance records generally have better grades and enjoy school more.
Making up class work by reading the material and completing work independently is important, but it does not completely replace the quality of interaction in the classroom.
Part of the School Community
Just attending school helps your child feel connected; learn responsibility, valuable social skills, and communication skills.
Eligibility for School Activities
Your child's attendance has a direct impact on their eligibility for school activities.
Attendance impacts Adequately Yearly Progress decisions under the NCLB legislation. Schools must have a 95% attendance average in order to meet this requirement.
If your child has ongoing attendance issues or fails to meet attendance requirements, the school will require your participation in mediation. If attendance does not improve, the matter will be turned over to the County Attorney.
What do I do when I my child must miss school?
Contact the school immediately to let them know why the absence is necessary. An example of an excused absence would be a personal illness, a family medical emergency, a medical appointment that cannot be rescheduled until after school, or an approved school related activity. Keep in mind that even if you excuse your child from school, it does not mean that the school will automatically consider it an excused absence. Babysitting a younger sibling, job interviews, getting a drivers license, shopping or vacations are examples of absences that are not excused.
What can I do as a parent to encourage good attendance?
- Let your child know you believe school is important and you expect them to attend school on regular basis.
- Help your child get to school on time each day. Teach your child how to use an alarm clock and set a regular routine for them to follow.
- Try to have a backup plan for when you have transportation, weather, or babysitting problems. When possible, avoid scheduling medical appointments during the school day.
- Consider scheduling family events with your child’s school schedule in mind. Communicate with the school in advance when you know that your child must miss school for a specific reason.
- If your child must miss school, ask for homework. If you cannot help your child with their assignment, make arrangements with your child’s teacher to get extra help.
- If your child appears to be reluctant to attend school, talk with your child about why they are reluctant. Schedule a time to talk with your child’s teacher or guidance counselor about possible reasons why they do not want to attend. Do not wait for poor attendance to develop into a bad habit before asking for assistance.