Welcome to Attendance!
Did you know?
- “Chronic Absenteeism” refers to students missing 10% of the school year or more. More than 8 million students across the country are chronically absent, and NYS rates #6 on AttendanceWorks’ list of “States with High or Extreme Chronic Absenteeism” (45% of schools report high or extreme CA). Chronic Absenteeism incorporates unexcused (AKA truancy) AND excused absences.
- Students with disabilities and students living in poverty are two subgroups that are most vulnerable to chronic absenteeism.
- Students could be absent for many reasons, including health, transportation, academic, social/emotional, bullying, and home-based issues (e.g. family problems, moving, etc.)
- Attendance tends to, unfortunately, drop off in the winter months due to illnesses and trouble getting to school. It’s important that students keep themselves healthy (dressing warmly for cold weather, eating a good breakfast, washing their hands regularly), and that families create back-up plans for getting to school when the weather is bad (e.g. creating a transportation plan with families in the neighborhood).
- ATTENDANCE EVERY DAY IS IMPORTANT, whether it be elementary school or high school, as studies have shown. Missing just two days of school per year, at any grade level, can prove harmful to a student’s grades and long-term academic records. Example: one study found that kids with good attendance were about 50% more likely to be able to read at grade level than those with chronic absenteeism.
- Being tardy can be just as problematic as being absent!
- Chronic absenteeism has also proven to be a strong indicator that a student may drop out.
- Attendance is also, simply, a good life skill for students to learn before going on to college/careers.
- Students miss out on important information if they aren’t in class. Even if the teacher gives them a packet to work on at home, it isn’t as valuable as time spent in the classroom.
- Every day in school, students build on what they learned the day before. So if you’re not there for even one day, this could greatly impact your understanding of the class.
What Can You Do?
- Talk to your child about how going to school every day will help them do well in school and achieve their hopes and dreams.
- Make every effort to get your child to school on time every day—Every Minute Matters!
- Make sure your child is in bed at a decent time and that the alarm is set for the morning.
- Find a relative, friend or neighbor who can take your child to school if you are unable.
- Contact the school to report every absence.
- Set up medical and dental appointments for weekdays after school.
- Set out clothes and the book bag the night before school.
- Get to the bus stop 5 minutes early.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- Start building good attendance habits in preschool so they learn right away the importance of always being in school, on time.