Students with regular school attendance are more likely to succeed. Every day matters for every child. Everyone can help make this happen – schools, families and community members.
Attendance matters for students at all grade levels. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to read at grade level, and to build a strong foundation as they move from preschool and kindergarten to high school.
On the other hand, students who are chronically absent are at risk of falling behind. “Chronically absent” means a student is missing 10% of the school year. It doesn’t matter whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Each day represents lost time.
What does 10% look like? If your school district uses a five-day week, 18 days is considered chronically absent. If your district uses a four-day week, 14 days is considered chronically absent.
School districts are now tracking absences more closely. This is not to increase disciplinary actions – it is to identify students who may need increased support getting to school. Every day matters for every child.
School + You: Tips for Attendance
Getting to school can be tough. These tips can help students overcome obstacles and be in school – with help from others.
Students do best in a safe and welcoming environment. Schools and families can help with this by:
- Ensuring every student is connected with an adult within his or her school who can watch for issues and help with solutions.
- Building relationships with classmates and peers.
- Planning for success by having attendance goals and addressing possible obstacles in advance.
Things don’t always go smoothly. Planning ahead can help you be ready for issues with:
- Transportation (Explore carpool, bus, safe walk/bike options.)
- After school pick-up and care (Have a back-up!)
Ask for Help
These are common reasons students miss school. Visit 211info.org to learn about local community resources, or ask your school for suggestions.
- Health issues
- Acute or chronic illness
- Mental health services
- Social emotional supports
- Behavioral support
- Oral (mouth and teeth) health
Use Life Hacks
- Evening routines
- Homework help
- Getting ready
- Planning for the day