It All Adds Up

Posted by Communications on 9/5/2019

ItAddsUp Did you know that attending school regularly not only helps children do better in school but it helps them feel better about school -- and themselves? It’s very important to start building good habits in preschool so students understand that going to school on time, every day is important for their success.  

Too many absences -- excused or unexcused -- keep students from succeeding in school and in life. How many are too many? Chronic absenteeism is defined as 10 percent or more days missed in a school year. That's roughly 18 missed days (or 2 days per month), which can easily knock students off track by missing out on fundamental reading and math skills, lowering test scores and decreasing their chances of graduating high school.

Let’s all do our part to reduce absences and increase student success!

What can families do to help?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind, headaches and stomach aches can be a sign of anxiety but not necessarily a reason to stay home.  
  • If your child feels anxious about coming to school, talk to their teachers, school social worker or administrators. We want to partner with you to help make your child feel comfortable and excited to come to school!
  • Develop back-up plans for getting students to school if something comes up. Call on another family member, neighbor or parent to help get your child to school.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

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