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Attendance Matters!

Dear families,

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school every day.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent.

Research (Attendance Works, 2016) shows:   

  • Chronic absence can affect all of our students, not just those missing school.  If significant numbers of students in a classroom or school are chronically absent, learning for all students can be adversely affected.  The pace of instruction slows down when teachers have to spend time reviewing material for those who missed the lessons in the first place.
  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school during the school year to stay on track to graduation. Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • Absenteeism within the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2 - 4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they miss only a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help students graduate from college and keep a job.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month.

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.

We appreciate your close partnership in your student’s education. Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day.   We want your child to be successful in school!  If you have any questions or need more information please contact the school.

Thank you,
Mike Beard, Dean
Yolanda Perez, Dean