This year, Fenton Primary Center is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Regular attendance helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and in their careers as adults. We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly so they can be successful in school.
In addition, your child’s average daily attendance (ADA) is also the key factor in school funding. This means that each day your child attends school, the school receives funding; when they are absent, the school loses funding. This funding directly supports all the wonderful things we are able to offer your child at school: field-trips, computers, teacher’s assistants, up-to-date reading and math adoptions, lunch program, after school programs, etc. With that said, if your child will be absent from school, please notify the school THE DAY BEFORE the absence so that we can do an Independent Study form for them, to capture the ADA that would have been lost.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- Avoid extended trips when school is in session.
- Try to make doctor’s appointments after school or during breaks. If you must make appointments during a school day, BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL before the appointment, or after your appointment is through.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.
- Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
Thank you for your support. When school and home work together, children will achieve!