The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It is difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.
A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, notes they discovered that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by eighth grade.
During these early years, children form attitudes about learning that will last a lifetime. Children who receive the right sort of support and encouragement during these years will be creative, adventurous learners throughout their lives. Children who do not receive this sort of support and interaction are likely to have a much different attitude about learning later in life.
Benefits of daily attendance…
- much more likely to increase scores in reading and math
- master and increase English skills more quickly and accurately
- understand citizenship skills through the school community
- send message that school is important and a responsibility
When your child misses school…
- Contact school immediately
- All absences are student’s permanent school record
- Judge absences carefully and take them seriously
- They are missing valuable academic support and socialization skills
What can you do…
- Help your child get to school on time every day
- Follow the school’s guidelines and attendance policy
- Check homework each night and stress the responsibility portion
- Take an active role with both successes and struggles
- Plan ahead by preparing the night before each school day
- Create a restful environment with at least 9 hours of sleep
One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing his or her academic success. If at any time you would like to discuss attendance or ways we can support your child’s attendance, please feel free to contact your child’s school counselor, Pam Oldenkamp, at 952-556-6912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.