DID YOU KNOW…
• Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduate.
• Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
• By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
• By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
• Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student's academic success.
• Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
• Attendance is an important life skill for post-secondary education and in order to keep a job.
WHAT CAN YOU DO…
• Make students and parents/guardians feel welcome. Make a point to say "hello" to every parent/guardian or student you see in the halls and outside.
• Create an environment that enables students to feel successful in something – no matter how small it may seem.
• When a student is absent, immediately talk to the parent/guardian – not their answering machine.
• When a student is absent, talk with them about why they were gone – let them know you are aware and that you care that they are at school.
• Forge a relationship with local businesses where youth may congregate when truant – encourage them to keep students in school during school hours.
• Forge a relationship with local law enforcement – make them your allies in showing the community, families and students that school is the place to be.
• Reward and recognize good attendance – not just perfect attendance.
• Make your school a place where students feel safe and respected.
Please follow the link below to AP 340-1 Attendance Monitoring Checklist for more information: