Every student should strive to achieve 100% attendance. A major factor in determining your child’s success in school is attendance. Did you know that a student with 90% attendance every year from kindergarten to eighth grade enters high school having missed almost an entire year of school? Poor attendance will lead your child to miss critical work and will negatively impact performance and progress and will limit your child’s chance for success in life. Therefore, it is essential that your child arrives to school on time every day. Having said that, we do understand that students will miss school on occasion. If your child is sick, particularly with a communicable illness or fever, he or she needs to stay home. If this occurs, please be sure to communicate with his or her teacher/s to establish a plan to make up missed work.
Your child must be at school each day no later than 8:30. Attendance will be taken once students arrive to class. Any child who is not present when attendance is taken will be marked absent. If a child arrives to class after attendance is taken that child will be marked late. A child must remain in school for at least one full period to be marked present. If a child is not in school for at least a period, that child will be marked absent. Schools can mark an absence as “excused” for religious reasons, illness, and in certain other circumstances, but they are still absences and must be part of the student’s record. Please note that vacations are not excused absences and parents should refrain from scheduling vacations on school days.
If you would like more information on strategies to encourage proper attendance in your child, you can contact one of our guidance counselors, Ms. Viglietta at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Popowich at email@example.com. You can also find helpful resources at the following link: https://www.attendanceworks.org/take-action/community-and-agency-partners/parents-and-parent-organizations/