School Attendance

Information for Parents

What Parents/Family Can Do with Children...

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Building good habits as early as pre-school can help you child's education throughout their school years.

  • Help your child get organized for school the night before
  • Have regular bed time routines
  • Avoid scheduling medical appointments and vacations when school is in session
  • Follow personal health practices that reduce the risk of your child becoming ill
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is really sick. Keep in mind that stomach aches or headaches can be a sign of stress or anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of going to school everyday
  • Set an example of what good attendance looks like
  • Read to your child from a very early age. Students who are good readers tend to stay in school longer and achieve higher academic scores.

What Parents Can Do with the School...

When the parents and the school work together to improve attendance the children benefit and feel better about school and home.

  • Connect with your child’s school early in the year, before there are any problems
  • Learn the school’s attendance policies and practices
  • Make sure the school has current contact information
  • If your child appears anxious about attending school contact the school and see if anything has changed at school

What the Community Can Do...

Effective schools are integral parts of their community. Attendance and concerns about truancy are community problems not just school problems.

  • Make attendance a community priority
  • Help parents look for solutions
  • Provide appointments for children that are outside of school hours
  • Offer free parenting programs to parents, such as Triple P Parenting
  • Support families with after school programs such as After the School Bell Rings
  • Partner with the school to provide incentives
  • Involve community leaders in the goal of improved attendance

Personal Health Practices

The number one reason that students miss school is due to illness. The best way to reduce the risk of your child being ill is to follow preventative health practices that keep your child well.

Some examples are:


Resources

Healthy Habits for Life