Why Attendance Is Important

Why is attendance so important?

  1. It is the law! Children are required to attend 180 days of school.

  2. Research reports that students who attend regularly have higher achievement.

  3. Our Balanced Literacy program, writing project, and accelerated reading/math instruction requires activities that both expect the student to participate in classroom activities or computer situations to be successful!

Things that you can do as a parent to help us this year.

  1. Be prepared: The night before have your children get into a routine of putting their clothes, homework, bookbag, and anything they will need to take to school the next morning in the same place.

  2. Get your children to bed early and up the next morning at a consistent time. When you develop a specific time and do this every day, you as a parent are teaching your children the importance of school.

  3. Bring your children to school on time. When children are late for class, they miss important instruction. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:00. Whenever children are late, a parent must sign them in at the office. They will be given a tardy slip and will be required to make up the time during their recess.

  4. Make all doctor’s visits after 3:00 if possible.

  5. Send official doctor’s excuses and/or parent notes when your child is ill. We will accept 5 parent notes. Notes need to include the child’s name, date of absence, reason for absence, teacher’s name, and signature of the parent/guardian.

  6. When a child’s absences exceeds 10 days, his name will be given to the county attendance office, where court actions may be taken.

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