Attendance & Student Pick-Up
10 Facts About Student Attendance
- Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
- Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
- Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
- Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
- By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
- Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
- Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
- When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
- Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.
- Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.
STUDENT PICK UP DURING THE DAY AND AT THE END OF DAY
Just a reminder that even if you have someone on the emergency card for your child, we aren't allowed to release students to anyone other than parents unless we get a note, email, or phone call from the parent giving someone else permission to pick up your child. The emergency card in the health office is for the health office to call one of those on the form if they can't get in touch with the parent. We want to keep your children safe and need you to let us know who can pick up your child on a given day. Also, if you are picking your child up, please send a note with your child in the morning or call before 2:00 p.m.