Why School Attendance Is Important

  • Check out these tips, quotes, facts, and resources on the importance of school attendance.

    Magic Johnson: ” School is why I made it big time. It is your best shot at a better life!”

    One way parents can help improve school attendance is to let community agencies and schools know what the barriers are that keep kids from attending class

    High school freshmen’s attendance is key indicator of whether student #graduate.

    Preschool is a great time to start building a habit of good attendance.  Young children with poor attendance in preschool also lose out on valuable learning time and if chronic absence continues into kindergarten, it can pull down academic achievement.

    By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.

    Sometimes good attendance is simply a matter of good health. 

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    Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 37% less likely than their peers to skip a class.  Contact your school and ask about the Teammates Mentoring program

    “Good Attendance is not a matter of complying with the rules, but a matter of providing children with more and better opportunities to learn.” ~ Attendance Works

    Missed school days add up fast! @getschooled calculates the effect of too many days out with this tool.

    If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether they are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.

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    Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible.

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    Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains in warmer climates — can present challenges to getting children to school. Develop a plan!

    If your children are sick, talk to your doctor or the school nurse to see whether they are too sick for school.  This handout offers some tips about when children are too sick for school. Do what you can to keep your children healthy.  Dress them warmly for the cold

    Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally.  The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.

    When kids get involved in afterschool programs, they are more likely to feel connected to their school communities and are less likely to be absent.  Contact your student’s guidance counselor and ask about all of the awesome 21st Century after-school clubs!

    Some absences are unavoidable.  We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally.  The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible

    A student is considered chronically absent if they miss only two days of school per month (18 days in a year), whether the absences are excused or unexcused.  This is true for children as early as elementary school, when they are at a higher risk of falling behind in reading.  Even one year of chronic absence can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease a child’s chances of graduating from high school, which can have long-term consequences on their financial independence, physical well-being and mental health. The good news?  Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life.