Tips for Building Good Habits for Good Attendance

Posted by Valley View Elementary on 9/10/2019

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? Your child is missed when they are not in school by their classroom and school community! 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 18 missed days or 2 days per month. Just those alone can knock students off track by missing out on fundamental reading and math skills, lowering their test scores and decreasing their chances of graduating high school. Keep in mind, students must also arrive on time to school as tardies add up as well. 

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

  • Have a nightly routine that incorporates a scheduled bed time, preparation for school (laying out uniform and backpacks ahead of time) and settling into a peaceful night.

  • Set a regularly scheduled alarm for the morning that works with your family’s routine.
    • It may be helpful for parents/guardians to set their alarms to go off earlier to get ready first and then help their children.

  • Create a morning routine that allows time for final preparations for school, discussing what your student has planned for the day and being on-time for school.

  • 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, the 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 your student to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent for support when you need it.

  • After school, discuss with your student what they did during the day. Encourage their in-school efforts to get them excited about going back to school.
    • VV families >> Be sure you sign up for a Seesaw account with your child’s teacher. You will find multiple posts and photos each week of what students are working on in class!

  • Use an attendance/punctuality scorecard to track your student’s attendance. A printable resource is available on the Attendance Matters page.
    • Celebrate with a fun family activity or incentive after a set number of days.

  • Establish and execute an attendance success plan with your student. Let them know how missing even one day can impact their success in school. Let them know that school is a priority.

  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. View the District calendar to work around your student’s school obligations. Please see the attendance policies in the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook if you are planning for your student to be gone.








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