The Importance of School Attendance
Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success -- absenteeism is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.
Why is it so important to attend every day?
- Learning is a progressive activity – each day’s lessons build upon those of the previous day(s)
- Reading the material and completing work independently does not make up for the loss of insight gained during class discussion or the loss of competency acquired through explanation.
- Many classes use lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experiments, and participation as part of the daily learning activities and these cannot be made up if absent.
- Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in a student’s school success.
Are there other benefits to my child having regular attendance?
- Students with good attendance usually achieve higher grades and enjoy school more.
- Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life.
- Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behavior.
- Students who develop an “on the job” attitude toward school will be more desirable to future employers.
What are the risks of frequent absences?
- A child who does not attend school regularly will be unlikely to keep up with the work.
- The more students miss school, the lower their grades; the lower their grades, the less they want to stay in school; the less they want to stay in school, the more likely they will drop out of school.
- Students who miss school are more likely to be at-risk for anti-social or criminal behavior.
What can parents do to help?
- Parents must model the value of education, including the importance of regular attendance.
- Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrives on time – you will establish a good habit that will carry through life.
- If your child starts missing school, make sure he/she understands that you do not approve of absenteeism.
- If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact the school immediately. Ask for homework, and make sure your child completes it before returning to school.
- Whenever possible, arrange family vacations during school holidays so that children miss as little school as possible.
- Take an in interest in your child’s school work and be involved in the school as much as possible – your child will value school more if you do.
If your child is sick or misses school, an excuse needs to be turned in within 3 days upon returen from the absence. Excuses can be submited through any of the following ways:
1. Student may turn in written note to first peirod teacher or the main office attendance administrative assistant.
2. Parent may email a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Parent or Dr. may fax note to Attendance at #570-839-3242.
Remember, regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Help ensure that your child has the best opportunity for success by making sure he/she is in school every day.