The importance of good attendance begins in pre-k and continues throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
Students and parents often underestimate how quickly absences, whether excused or unexcused, can accumulate and lead to academic challenges. Chronic absence, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year or 2-3 days every month, can result in third-graders struggling with reading, sixth-graders failing courses, and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. The impact is particularly severe for low-income students who rely on school for essential learning opportunities. It is crucial to minimize unnecessary absences, recognizing that while some are unavoidable due to illness, the goal is to get children to school as consistently as possible.
Cultivating a habit of good attendance leads to success in both their academic and professional lives. Together, we can ensure our students are reaching their full potential.