Attendance Matters | September 2019
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.
This September -- in conjunction with the National Attendance Works campaign -- we’re expanding the District's “Attendance Matters” campaign to Valley View Elementary and Columbia Academy. School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance. We want to help your student succeed in school by building the habit of good attendance.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information about chronic absences, how it affects your student’s academic trajectory and what you can do to help your student be successful.
Keep an eye on this page for weekly updates, visuals and other resources to ensure your student’s success in school.
The basis of this campaign is an attendance challenge that will run Sept. 3-30. During these weeks, we will collect data on overall student attendance at Valley View and Columbia Academy to celebrate students with consistent attendance. Each school's goal is to increase overall consistent attendance to meet the state average of 91 percent over the month of September.
What does that mean for your student? For students to achieve 91 percent overall attendance individually, they may only miss one school day throughout the month of September.
Who are we celebrating? Every student with 80 percent consistent attendance during this 20-day challenge will receive a small prize and be entered into a drawing to receive a prize (one student per grade level).
Attendance in the Early Grades Infographic
View quick stats and information about the importance of good attendance (who is affected, why it matters and what you can do).
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early (view in Spanish)
Learn simple habits to add to your family's daily routine to promote good attendance.
Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School (view in Spanish)
As your student continues their education, learn how to continue their focus on good attendance.
When is Sick Too Sick? (view in Spanish)
Keep a guide that tells you which symptoms are okay for the classroom and which ones are okay to keep your student home.
Punctuality Scorecard (English/Spanish)
Put up a scorecard in your house to track your student's good attendance habits to learn where to improve, celebrate good habits and track attendance progress.
Attendance Matters Blog
Attendance Q&APosted by Columbia Academy on 9/25/2019
Overcoming Attendance ObstaclesPosted by Columbia Academy on 9/24/2019
Keeping Students EngagedPosted by Columbia Academy on 9/17/2019
Tips for Building Good Habits for Good AttendancePosted by Valley View Elementary on 9/10/2019
It All Adds UpPosted by Communications on 9/5/2019
Bringing Attendance Home (Video)Posted by Columbia Heights Public Schools on 9/4/2019
Attendance Matters: We Belong In SchoolPosted by Columbia Heights Public Schools on 9/3/2019