Tips for Improving Your Child's Attendance
Establish and stick to the basic routines (early bedtime, set wake up time, laying out outfits, etc.) that will allow your child to develop a habit of on-time attendance.
Consistently talk to your child about why going to school every day is important. Help your child get excited about going to school.
Do not allow your child to stay home unless they have a contagious illness or are too sick to be comfortable. Sometimes your child may not feel well, but is not sick enough to stay home.
Come up with an alternative plan for who you and your family can rely on to help get your child to school when something comes up.
Schedule doctor, dentist, or other health care appointments on early release days, school holidays, or at the beginning or end of the school day.
Schedule vacations or other non-school related activities during days when students are not scheduled to attend school.
If your family runs into personal setbacks (car trouble, loss of income, divorce, family illness, etc.) or anything that will affect how your family functions, reach out to the school and ask for help. The campus can help you connect with needed resources.
Stay involved and in constant communication with your child's school. Read all the information that is sent home with your child.
When your child is absent, work with teachers to provide your child with additional opportunities to learn and do make-up work.
Follow district policy for reporting absences and submitting absence documentation within 3 school-days of your child's return to school.
Monitor your child's attendance through Skyward Family Access. If an absence is marked incorrectly, contact the campus attendance clerk.
The Importance of Regular Attendance
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. By figuring out the reasons for your child's absences—whether they're physical or emotional—and taking advantage of support services—such as tutoring, student mentoring and afterschool activities—you can help set your child on the path to success.