September is Attendance Awareness Month, a month dedicated to showing how attendance is essential to school success. Absences, excused and unexcused, can quickly add up and cause academic trouble.
It’s a proven fact that students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful than students who do not. Attendance patterns are formed early in life. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to continue them throughout their school career, as well as into their chosen career. Regular attendance is critically important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned instruction by a highly qualified teacher. They miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on the opportunity to ask questions. As a result, they are more likely to fall behind.
* Absenteeism hurts the student. Students who are frequently absent fall
behind in academics and miss important socialization concepts that
enhance their ability to understand, follow directions, and/or
ultimately, plan for the future.
* Absenteeism hurts other students. Students who are frequently absent
require more individual attention from the teacher to get caught up.
* Absenteeism hurts the district financially. State money supporting the
school is directly linked to student attendance. When students are
absent the school loses money.
Things you can do to help….
* Schedule doctor and dental appointments as early in the day or as late
in the day as possible. When the appointment is over bring your child
to school immediately. If the appointment is in middle of the day,
bring your child to school until the appointment and then pick your
child up for the appointment. Once again when the appointment is over
please bring your child back to school immediately.
* Communicate the importance of regular school attendance to your child
so they are hearing the same message in the home and at school.
* Make sure your child is regularly eating nutritious meals, drinking
plenty of fluids, and getting the proper amount of rest each night.
* Remind your child of proper hand washing/sanitizing techniques.
* If your child is running a fever of 100 degrees or more, vomiting, or
having diarrhea they need to be kept home.
Remember, we want to work together as a team to improve our school’s regular attendance and provide students with the opportunity to learn.
Curt Rheingans, Superintendent