When your child is absent from school, they miss more than the day’s lessons. Class discussions are just as valuable. If your child is sick, they should stay home, of course, but missing school for any other reason can become a bad habit. Studies show that kids who have poor attendance in the elementary years are much more likely to drop out of high school later.
You can show your child how important you think good attendance is. Schedule their doctor’s appointments, haircuts, shopping, and family vacations after school hours.
If your child must stay home due to illness, ask the teacher to send the assignments home. Keeping up with their schoolwork will make things easier for your child when they return to school.
Finally, remind your child that going to school is their number one job!
If your child will not be in school, please call or email the school office before the school day begins, with the following information:
- Name of your child
- Classroom Teacher
- Reason for absence
Unexcused and unverified absences result when a student skips school or if no phone contact has been made between home and school. Repeated unexcused or unverified absences or truancy may result in a referral to the Juvenile Authorities.