Remember that children who miss school at a young age run a high risk of failing or dropping out when they reach high school. Once students have missed too many days, they may have a difficult time reconnecting with school work.
Tips for Success
- Good attendance starts the night before school. Children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. When lights go out, so should the cell phones, video games, and computers.
- Establish positive evening routines that allow time for your child to complete homework. Being prepared can help lessen your child's anxieties when it comes to attending school the next day.
- Talk to your child about the importance of attending school every day.
- When family assistance is needed, reach out to friends and neighbors, your place of worship, a local community organization, or other networks of support instead of allowing your child to miss school.
- Get to know the adults at your child's school, from teachers and administrators to school safety officials and bus drivers. They are like an early warning system when it comes to absenteeism, and they might be aware of any problems, like bullying, that your child is facing.
- If your child is missing 2 or 3 days of school per month, he or she is already on the wrong track. This will end up totaling more than one entire month of lost school by the end of the year. Don't forget: sending your child to school is required by law.
Contact the Office of Student Attendance if you need assistance at 262-8105.