Parents, did you know…
Missing just two days of school a month can cause your child to fall behind in reading and math skills. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes an early warning sign that a student may drop out of high school.
Here are some important things to know:
• Even excused absences can cause your child fall behind academically.
• Allowing your child to stay home means he/she will fall behind in classwork, which makes school harder and more uncomfortable for your child.
• Make-up assignments are not a good substitute for lessons learned in the classroom.
• Coming to school late means your child has already missed instruction and starts the day behind his/her classmates.
To be sure your child stays on track, here are some things to do:
• Let your child know that YOU think school is important.
• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. Children ages 6-12 need 9-12 hours of sleep every night.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. If you are unsure if your child is well enough to go to school, call and ask to speak to the school nurse.
• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor or school nurse for advice on how to make him/her comfortable and excited about learning.
• Avoid making medical appointments and traveling when school is in session.
Sending your child to school ON TIME EVERY DAY will enable him/her to do well in school, make friends, and feel successful and connected!
If you have any questions about your student's attendance, please contact Mrs. Yap in the Attendance Office. If you need assistance with situations that are impacting your student's attendance, please contact your student's counselor.