Regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child to earn better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future. But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month, it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Pre-Kindergarten.
Children are NOT allowed to take extended vacations or trips overseas during the school year. As parents/ guardians, you are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school on a daily basis and arrives on time, prior to 8:00 am. Schools are mandated to report all incidences of possible educational neglect. It is illegal to keep a child out of school for an extended amount of time. This is considered truancy.
The Attendance Team is committed to making sure that ALL our students are given the opportunity to succeed. Parents of students who are absent more than 5 times within the school year will be invited to a meeting with the Attendance Team. Parents of students who are absent 10 times in a year will receive a house visit from the Dr. Kim, the District 26 Attendance Teacher. Parents of students with more than 10 absences will be referred to an outside agency for assistance. Please know that NO absences are excused and students should not be taken out of school for extended vacations. Every child is expected to attend school daily and be on time for all classes.