Every day, all day makes the difference
Across the district, principals and staff are creatively working with students and families to emphasize the importance of on-time, all-day attendance. “We want every student to be successful and studies show that good attendance habits and learning go hand in hand.” says Dr. Joni Swanson, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning for the District. Celebrating and rewarding daily and weekly attendance are just a few of the many tools our schools are using to raise student awareness of the importance of consistent attendance habits.” In October, a friendly inter-school challenge for the highest monthly attendance resulted in Lincoln Elementary capturing the traveling trophy with a 96% record!
In addition to providing a welcoming school environment and engaging learning opportunities for students, staff are focused on early detection of absenteeism so they can partner with families on effective solutions. Absences can add up quickly and research demonstrates that when a student misses just 10% or more of school days - 18 or more days in a school year—they are much more likely to fall behind in reading and math, and ultimately, be less likely to graduate on time.
Ensuring regular and on-time student attendance is a crucial first step toward reaching high school graduation for 100% of our students. Let’s work together to make it happen!
Pizza with a Professional is a new lunch time opportunity for MVHS students to learn more about potential careers from a lineup of local community businesses! Check out dates, businesses & sign up here for pizza and joining the conversation:http://bit.ly/2CJNWOP
Building a community of caring
Here a few ways we can work together to address absenteeism.*
Parents can set the routines that help their children get to school on time every day.
Preschool instructors and early care providers can help families and children build good attendance habits.
Afterschool programs can reach out to the families of chronically absent children to uncover and address barriers to attendance and help children catch up with school work.
Health care programs can take preventive steps to keep children from getting sick and ensure schools are equipped to address the needs of children with chronic illness.
Foundations can support public efforts to improve attendance.
*used with permission of Attendance Works, please visit attendanceworks.org
See the following useful resources for parents and community members to help our students achieve 100% graduation:
- Attendance Handout - English | Spanish
- Middle and High School Handout - English | Spanish
- Infographic spelling out the facts about chronic absence in the early grades - English | Spanish
- When Is Sick Too Sick To Go To School? - English | Spanish