Supports for School Success - School Attendance
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?
What parents can do to help their child:
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!