Attendance Awareness Month

ATTENDANCE WORKS!  September is Attendance Awareness Month  

   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through middle and high school.  

What is Chronic Absence?

>>Missing 10% (18 days) or more of the school year for any reason – this includes excused and unexcused absences. 

>>Chronic absence can be sporadic, as little as 2 days per month over the course of the school year.

>>Chronic absence is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school. 

>>Poor attendance isn’t just a problem in high school.  It can start as early as pre-kindergarten.

   Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understanding why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

>>Get to know teachers and administrators. With younger children, introduce your child to teachers before school starts and keep in touch with the teachers.  For older students, school officials can help you stay on top of academic progress to make sure your child is staying on track.

>>Set an example for your child. Show them that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless it’s truly necessary. 

>>Turn to your school for help. Many schools offer access to services for the whole family.  For example, Denfeld, Lincoln Park and Myers-Wilkins are Full Service Community Schools.

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