Have you ever wondered how to get your child to really come to school every day, no matter what? Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. And if your child does have an illness, they need to stay home for the safety of students and staff, and so that they get better. The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.
But sometimes children will miss so many days of school that it impacts their learning. Did you know that sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year. Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
Have honest conversations with your child about attendance. Let them know that
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.