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Attendance

Regular school attendance is extremely important. Our classrooms are not the same when we have a student missing. Each and every student plays a valuable role in the school. If your child does have to miss due to illness or another uncontrollable reason, please send in a parent or doctor's note upon their return to school.

Even missing parts of days adds up to loss of instructional time. If your child has an appt. and arrives late or leaves early, please send in the doctor's note for the appt. Leave earlies/Tardies with a medical doctor's note will be documented and does not count against your child.
After 8 undocumented leave earlies/tardies, the student will be placed in ISS (In School Suspension) for 1 day. For every 3 after that, an additional day will be assigned.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact me.

FACTS ABOUT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

• Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

• An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.

• Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

• Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

• By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

• Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

• The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.

• Low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.

• When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

• Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.