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


     The Buffalo Public Schools maintains a comprehensive attendance policy that is reviewed on an annual basis. Public input in encouraged and can be sent to the Office of Attendance Services (428 City Hall Buffalo, NY 14202). You may also email your suggestions to Heath Frisch, Director of Student Support Services (

        Buffalo Public School District

    Attendance Policy Highlights

             Every student has a right to educational opportunities that will enable the student to develop his or her fullest potential. Attendance policies are based on the principle that regular school attendance maximizes the student's interaction with his or her teachers and peers and is a major component of academic success. Improved school attendance generally increases student achievement. Therefore, attendance policies that provide for the early identification of attendance problems and effective methods to address them are most likely to succeed. Successful implementation of any attendance policy requires cooperation among all members of the education community, including parents/persons in parental relation, students, teachers, administrators, and support staff.

             Based upon our District's education and community needs, values and priorities, the School District has determined that absences, tardiness and early departures will be considered excused or unexcused according to the following standards.


             An absence, tardiness or early departure may be excused if due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads due to inclement weather, religious observance and education, quarantine, required court appearances, incarceration, approved field trip, "Student to Work" Day, suspension (formal and informal), attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations or other such reasons as may be approved by the Board of Education.




             An absence, tardiness or early departure is considered unexcused if the reason for the lack of attendance does not fall into the above categories [e.g., lack of required immunization without a religious or medical exemption, family vacation, babysitting, unlawful employment, expressing solidarity with a cause, illegally detained by parent, no transportation, illegal pickup by a parent, missed bus, lack of proper clothing, truant (out of school without parental consent) obtaining learner's permit, road test, oversleeping]


    Intervention Strategy Process

              In order to effectively intervene when an identified pattern of unexcused absences, tardiness or early departures occur, designated District personnel will pursue the following:

    • Identify root causes of the pattern (e.g., grade level, building, time frame, type of unexcused absences, tardiness or early departures);
    • Contact the District staff most closely associated with the root causes. In specific cases where the pattern involves an individual student, the student and parent/person in parental relation will be contacted;
    • Discuss strategies to directly intervene with specific pattern(s);
    • Recommend intervention to Superintendent or his/her designee if it relates to change in District policy or procedure;
    • Implement changes, as approved by appropriate administration;
    • Utilize appropriate District and/or community resources to address and help remediate student unexcused absences, tardiness or early departures;
    • Monitor and report short and long term effects of intervention.

    Disciplinary Consequences


             Unexcused absences, tardiness and early departures will result in disciplinary sanctions as described in the District's Code of Conduct. 


           Consequences may include, but are not limited to,  detention and denial of participation in interscholastic and extracurricular activities. 


           Parents/persons in parental relation will be notified by designated District personnel at periodic intervals to discuss their child's absences, tardiness or early departures and the importance of class attendance and appropriate interventions. 


           Individual buildings/grade levels will address procedures to implement the notification process to the parent/person in parental relation.