Elementary School Attendance Information
DID YOU KNOW?
Absences add up! Missing just two (2) days a month means a child misses 10 percent of the school year.
- Starting in Pre-K and Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just one (1) or two (2) days every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in Pre-K so your child learns right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.
WHEN DO ABSENCES BECOME A PROBLEM?
These below numbers assume a 180-day school year:
- SATISFACTORY: Nine (9) or fewer absences
- WARNING SIGNS: 10 to 17 days absent
- CHRONIC ABSENCE: 18 or more days absent
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Here are a few simple suggestions:
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots.
- Introduce your children to their teachers and classmates before school starts.
- Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
- Try to schedule non-Covid-19 related medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- If you are concerned that your child may have Covid-19, call your school for advice.
- If your child must stay home due to illness or quarantine, ask the