General Attendance Tips for Parents

  • Attendance Tips for Parents

             Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.


    • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
    • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
    • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
    • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.


    • Make school attendance a priority
    • Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
    • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
    • Help your child stay engaged
    • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
    • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
    • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
    • Communicate with the school and Know the school’s attendance policy
    • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
    • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
    • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

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       Attendance Tips for Students


      • School is your first and most important job.
      • Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs.
      • A high school graduate makes, on average, $1 million more than a dropout over a lifetime.
      • A student who misses 10 days or more during a school year is less likely to graduate.
      • If you think missing a day here or there won’t matter, think again.
      • By missing just 1 day every 2 weeks, you would be on track to miss 10% of the school year
      • School only gets harder when you stay home too much.
      • Get to school as often as possible to help stay on track with assignments.
      • Skipping school may sound fun, but it can have serious consequences.
      • If you’re having trouble getting to school – tell someone, such as a guidance counselor or your parents.


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