School Attendance

Attendance Facts

  • Students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before their senior year.
  • A student with 90% attendance will miss 4 weeks of school per year.
  • Being 10 minutes late for class every day means the student will miss 6 days of instruction over the year.
  • Students who attend regularly have an increased likelihood of graduating.
  • In 2000, Stats Canada data shows that workers in Manitoba without a high school diploma made $19,201.00 per year.
  • Individuals without a high school diploma are twice as likely to be unemployed as those with a high school diploma.
  • When a student feels an attachment to school through a web of relationships with other students, teachers, or a caring adult, it can help overcome many of the causes of truancy (Jenkins 1995).
  • Students have the best attendance records in schools that make high demands and provide high levels of support to students (Pellerin, 2000).
  • Protective factors associated with school attachment include: high self-esteem, positive school attitudes, pro-social activities such as sports, clubs and volunteer work, and positive attitudes towards police officers (Dukes & Stein, 2001).
  • Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies by Epstein & Sheldon (2002) show that students who have frequent absences have a pattern of absenteeism beginning as early as first grade, and are the students who end up dropping out of school.
  • Strategies for Promoting School Attachment (from National Center for School Engagement)
    1. Implementing high standards and expectations, and providing academic support to all students.
    2. Applying fair and consistent disciplinary policies that are collectively agreed upon and implemented with fairness.
    3. Creating trusting relationships among students, teachers, staff, administrators and families.
    4. Hiring and supporting capable teachers skilled in content, teaching techniques, and classroom management to meet the learner’s needs.
    5. Fostering high parent/family expectations for school performance and school completions.
    6. Ensuring that every student feels close to at least one supportive adult at school.