For your child to benefit from the social, physical, and academic learning at school, they need to attend regularly; this is as important for elementary students as it is for middle and high school students. Regular school attendance is critical because it provides opportunities for your child to:
- Build routines that help reduce stress
- Make new friends and/or maintain existing friendships
- Engage in meaningful interactions with peers and teachers
- Develop empathy, cooperation, and conflict-resolution skills
- Engage in learning that leads to self-discovery, the development of interest, and future school and career opportunities as adults
- Gain access to meals, health care, and fun activities
While occasional absences are inevitable, please prioritize regular attendance. Missing more than 10% of the school year or 18 days of school can impact your child’s social development, academic learning, and path toward high school graduation. If a problem arises with health, food, transportation, housing, or anything else, please call your child’s school or the district office so we can assist.