As of November 6, has your child missed two days of school or more? Then your child is not meeting the goal, and that can affect his grades, behavior and interest in school.
Parents feel this stress, too.
Lack of interest in school, bad reports from teachers and below grade-level report cards cause more problems and unhappiness at home.
What can you do?
AttendanceWorks.org has a lot of great ideas.
- Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
- Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.
- Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
- Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
- If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
Why is this so important?
English version: Attendance in the early grades
Spanish version: Asistencia en los primeros grados