Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year, or about 18 days. That's just one day every two weeks.
Research shows that missing 2-3 days a month is considered chronically absent, and can translate into third-graders being unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school.
Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to get students to school as often as possible and on time. Families should communicate with their school when students are absent.
Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up.
You can turn to the school for help. We offer services for the whole family. Seek help if you are facing tough challenges related to access to health care, unstable housing, poor transportation or lack of food.
- How can I check my child's attendance?
- How do I let the school know that my child will be absent?
- Why is regular school attendance important for my child?
- How many absences are ok?
- What counts as an excused absence?
- Is it really that big a deal if my child is late to school?
- What can I do to help my child get to school on time every day?