The Importance of Daily Attendance
Getting your child to school on-time every day,
unless they are sick, is something that you can do to ensure
your child has a chance to succeed in school.
While others can help, parents are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance when you:
- Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
- Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or after school provider to get them excited about going to school.
- Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
- Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, after school providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
- If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
Parents are encouraged to take a moment to view this important video with parents talking to other parents about reducing absenteeism. Filmed in schools across the country, this video offers tips for parents and schools to improve student attendance.