Good Attendance is Key!
- FACTS RELATED TO NON-ATTENDANCE:
- IMPACT OF EDUCATION ON SALARIES, WELFARE & INCARCERATION
- MISSED DAYS ADD UP QUICKLY!
- ATTENDANCE MATTERS
- Students are absent most on Mondays and Fridays
- Students stay home more often on rainy days, inclement weather, and the day after a school holiday
- Students who ride the bus to school are absent more frequently than students who walk
- Students who do not eat breakfast are absent more often than students who do
- Students who are truant commit the majority of daytime burglaries and property damage
- Students’ absence patterns are established as early as kindergarten
- Students’ older siblings frequently set attendance patterns in a family
- Students who are excessively absent suffer losses in educational achievement and perform poorly on exams
- Students who are excessively absent are at greater risk of dropping out and becoming involved in delinquent behavior
Education and Earnings:
- High School graduates earn 74% more than dropouts
- College graduates earn 256% more than dropouts
- Post Graduates earn 389% more than dropouts -
Education and Welfare:
- High School dropouts are 85% more likely to be on welfare
- College graduates are 78% less likely to be on welfare
- Post graduates are 81% less likely to be on welfare -
Education and Incarceration:
- High School dropouts are 14% more likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma
- College graduates are 87% less likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma
- Post graduates are 91% less likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma
** National Center for School Engagement
** Campaign for College Opportunity
- Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.
- Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up with other students,especially in math and reading.
- Kindergarten and first grade are critical for your child. Missing school during these early years makes it more difficult for children to learn in later years and they often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.
- Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.
- If your child must miss school, make sure you get his or her home work assignments and follow up to see if the work is completed and turned in.
- Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why your child will be out and for how long.
- Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.
- If you need medical advice after business hours, most doctors’ offices have answering services 24 hours a day to assist you.
- If your child has an emergency, call 911.
Work with Your Child and Your School
- As the parent, be strong with your child and don’t let your child stay home when it is not necessary. This will help your child succeed.
- If your child has a chronic disease, make sure that the school staff is aware of the disease so the staff can assist your child if he or she becomes ill. Information about your child’s chronic disease should be noted on the school emergency or health information card.
- For students with asthma: if your child has asthma, the school needs an Asthma Action Plan completed by his or her doctor that includes permission to carry an inhaler at school. Make sure that all supplies (inhaler, spacer, etc.) needed to manage your child’s asthma are at the school.
- For students with diabetes: if your child has diabetes, the school needs a Diabetes Management Plan completed by his or her doctor. Make sure that all supplies (insulin, blood sugar meter, test strips) needed to manage your child’s diabetes are at the school.
- Keep an open line of communication with school staff and teachers. The more the school knows about your child’s health, the better prepared everyone will be to work together for your child.