Did You Know?
- Student attendance and enrollment affect district counts which affect district funding.
- For every day of school missed, it takes two or more days for a student to catch up.
- Missing too much school causes students to fall behind and is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
- Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
- When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
- Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school.
- Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace.
- Chronic absence, missing 10 percent or more of the school year does not just affect the students who miss school. If too many students are chronically absent, it slows down instruction for other students, who must wait while the teacher repeats material for absentee students. This makes it harder for students to learn and teachers to teach.
- Nationwide an estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent each year, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of the school year in excused and unexecused absences. That's about 18-19 days in a typical year.
- High levels of chronic absence are found in urban, suburban and rural communities. In some school districts, as many as one in four students are chronically absent.
- This is not just a high school problem. One in 10 kindergarten and 1st grade students is chronically absence.
- Low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than their middle class peers.
- Chronic absence occurs even when the absences occur sporadically throughout the year.
It is so important for our students to be at school every day and on time every day. Kids who miss class miss out on learning. Help your student learn, build lasting friendships and develop the skills and attitudes needed to be a successful adult and valuable member of the community. In addition, the amount of state aid a school district qualifies for is based on student attendance. We want our students in class all day and every day.
How Parents Can Help:
- Get your student to school on time, every day, and make sure homework assignments are completed on time.
- Set a regular bedtime and create a morning rountine to make sure your student gets enough sleep and wakes up ready for school.
- Allow your student to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.
- Have a back up plan. Absences due to car trouble, a late bus, and bad weather are considered unexcused and will go on your child’s permanent record.
- Schedule medical and dental appointments after school.
- Avoid taking vacations when school is in session.
- Attendance Works is a national organization dedicated to improving the policy, practice and research around attendance. Its website offers materials, research and success stories about reducing chronic absence. Attendance Works also offers technical assistance to school districts and communities.
- Everyone Graduates Center combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation's dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to graduation. That includes tracking of early warning indicators, including chronic absence.
- Get Schooled was founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation. The organization sponsors attendance contests, wake-up calls and leverages the key influences in teens' lives to directly engage them on their path through high school and into college.