Child Welfare and Attendance
Help Your Child Strive for Good Attendance
Research shows that the single most important factor contributing to student achievement is school attendance. A student who is absent from school may be able to copy missed notes. However, other important aspects of the lessons are for lost forever. Absent students miss out on discussion, raised questions, explanations and much more. Students fall behind and sometimes do not recover.
To support good school attendance:
Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.
- Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.
- Make sure your student eats healthy foods and gets enough sleep and exercise.
- Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school.
- Discuss what happened at school each day.
- Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.
- Provide incentives for improving school attendance and promptness.