Children need to be in school every day and on time!
Students who frequently miss school in Kindergarten and the early years score lower on 3rd-grade reading and math assessments than students who attend school regularly.
Being out just 2 days every month during the school year adds up to 18 days – that's 10% of the school year!
It’s easy to underestimate how many days your student is missing if the absences aren't consecutive! So be sure to keep track and do your very best to make sure your child has great attendance.
Remember, even if an absence is excused, your child still missed out on learning!
Try these good attendance tips
- Have a routine for going to bed and getting up each morning. Children need consistency. They also need a good night's sleep.
- Talk to your child about why it's important to be in school every day unless he or she is sick. If your child doesn't want to go to school, find out what's going on. Work with the teacher, administrator or afterschool provider to get your child excited about school.
- Create a back-up plan to help you get your child to school. Emergencies happen! So be ready.
- Reach out for help if you are having difficulty getting your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, the principal, a social worker, the school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem-solve.
- If your child is absent, make sure he or she has an opportunity to make up missed work. Ask the teacher how you can help your child catch up.