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Supports for School Success - School Attendance

Attendance Matters!

Videos
 

Video by Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)

 
 

Video of Magic Johnson talking about attendance (YouTube)

 

Video made by Fountain-Fort Carson H.S. Students

Video about Graduation by Colorado Department of Education

The first step toward learning in school…is being in class! Prompt arrival and regular school attendance plays a crucial role in a student’s overall academic achievement and is a habit that should begin in preschool. During the early elementary years, children are gaining basic social and academic skills critical to ongoing academic and social success. Research shows that frequent absences in kindergarten through 3rd grade are clearly associated with poor achievement, truancy in middle school, and more serious consequences in high school (frustration, school suspension, credit loss, school dropout, legal trouble, substance abuse, fewer career choices and low paying jobs). There are only 172 instructional days each year and as you can see - Attendance does matter!

What do parents need to do when a child is absent?
  •  Notify the school attendance office and explain the reason for each absence. The school principal may require suitable proof in order to excuse student absences.
  • If your child misses school, assist them with obtaining and completing missed assignments or with accessing extra help at school, community-based homework help or through an on-line afterschool homework assistance program.
 
What parents can do to help their child:
  • Talk with your child about the importance of being in school and help them to be on-time each school day.
  • Make sure that you help your child be prepared for the school day by obtaining the materials they need.
  • Make sure that you ask your child about what they learned in school each day and how they like their teacher and other children. 
  • Provide a time and a place for your child to complete their homework each day.
  • Ask your children about what work they might like to do when they grow up. Let them know that reading, writing, math, science, and social studies will prepare them for the world of work. Let them know that they are a responsible student when they arrive at school on time and attend regularly.
  • Plan family vacations and non-urgent appointments for times when students are not in class.
  • Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and communicate frequently to find out about your child’s progress.
  •  Attend school events and meetings and use the on-line Parent Portal to monitor your child’s school success.
  •  Ask for help when there are unexpected or difficult life circumstances.
 
Is there help?
We believe that parents want their children to enjoy school and to be socially and academically successful. School District Eight has strived to hire the best staff to help your children reach these goals. Our staff will monitor your child’s attendance and will contact you if they have questions or concerns. Please initiate communication with your child’s classroom teacher, school counselor or school nurse whenever you have important information to share about your child or if you have questions or concerns about your child’s school attendance and their school success. Remember - School Attendance Matters!


  Welcome! The School Attendance Web Page has been created
   to provide helpful information to parents, students & all members
   of our community. Please visit this page regularly to look for
   new additions to this page.
  It's True! - Click the graph to your right to see that regular school attendance did make a 
   difference regarding how School District Eight students scored on the Colorado State 
   Assessment Program (CSAP)!  
  Education Pays! - Click on the graph to your right to see the relationships of
   educational status, employment rates and income levels.
Useful Information
 Publications
This folder contains publications about the importance of student attendance and achievement.
 School Board Policy
Attendance-Related Policies for School District Eight
 Colorado Attendance Law
Information about Colorado's compulsory school attendance law.
How to Contact Me
+ Babeu, Peter
Click on name to see details.

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