Attendance – Build the Good Habits Early

Regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success – both in school and in life.  When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviors, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.  Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.  Students can still fall behind even if they only miss a day or two a month.  Being late to school also leads to falling behind.

 

Here are some suggestions for parents to help with attendance:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay at home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind that complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to the teachers, guidance counselors, or administrators for advice on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.  Figure out the reasons for your child’s absences – whether they’re physical or emotional – and take advantage of the support systems that our school has to offer.

 

Jennifer Schutte

Curriculum Director / Dean of Students