Join us each September for School Attendance Awareness Month
A number of parenting practices have been shown to reduce the odds of dropping out of school:
- Having high aspirations for their children
- Monitoring their children's school progress
- Communicating with the school
- Knowing the parents of their children's friends
Did you know:
- 7.5 million students miss 10% of the school year nationwide? That's 135 million days total. That's why Every Day Counts!
- Chronic absence in kindergarten = lower academic achievement through 5th grade. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Chronic absence affects all kids, not just the absent ones if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Addressing chronic absenteeism is a key to improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, and giving young people the best chance at success in their life.
Everybody plays a role in ensuring children attend school regularly. Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school. Start building this habit in preschool, so they learn that going to school on time, every day, is important. Research shows that good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
What you can do:
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator, school counselor, or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.
- Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
- Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child's teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers, or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
- If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure he/she has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
Ways to Help Middle and High School Students Stay on Track
Help your teen stay engaged
Communicate with the school
Parents can make a difference!
What you can do in your community: