2016/2017 school year, we honored students who had perfect attendance each month by a “Perfect Attendance Movie.” Why are we focusing on attendance? Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost for a child. Each of these absences have a significant impact on students’ academic success, affecting them in school and life. Students who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in a school year—or just two days a month—for any reason are considered chronically absent.
When students attend school on a regular basis, they feel better about school and themselves. Building this habit with your child when they start preschool will teach your child going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children to do well in high school, college, and the workplace.
- Too many absences starting in kindergarten can cause students to fall behind.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- If the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up, can affect the whole classroom.
Ways parents can help their child be successful when battling attendance;
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Have clothes laid out the night before.
- Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
- Develop a back-up plan for getting your child to and from school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
We here at Monument will continue working to improve attendance by rewarding students with perfect attendance each month. Let’s partner together as a school, parent and community and Promote Perfect Attendance for all Monument Students!
Sue Sartain, Assistant Principal