September Attendance Awareness Month – Part 2
Tips for parents and family members

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Parents, guardians, and family members all play a crucial role in ensuring their children achieve a good attendance record. It is suggested that students should not miss more than 9 days of school out of the year in order to be on track with their school work and classroom learning.

Reluctance to go to school could hint at deeper issues: struggling in school, bullying, or other potentially serious problems. Take some quite time to talk to your child and find out why they are reluctant to go to school. Reach out to your school for help if you need it.

Good attendance is a high indicator of graduation rates and a great habit to hone for future success in life.

Check out 5 great tips to engage with your child and foster good attendance from www.attendanceworks.org:

  • 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 afterschool 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, afterschool 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.

Check out the handout below for more attendance tips or check out the Attendance Works website to see how you can get involved as a parent.