September is Attendance Awareness Month
Did you know?
- Students who have the best attendance perform the best in school.
- Missing even one day of school can set back learning.
- Missing school can disrupt all students in a classroom if the teacher is forced to slow down.
- Every day missed costs your school money; state funding is based on attendance.
- Good attendance – and being on time – is important for success in life and at work.
Getting to school on time every day is a healthy habit, like brushing your teeth. For children to learn this healthy habit, it has to be practiced every day – no excuses. Once children get into the routine of regular attendance, and benefit from performing well in school, they are more apt to like school and enjoy learning. It’s a win-win for parents and schools.
Tips for Parents:
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Parents can help their children get to school on time every day by being role models of this positive behavior.