Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
Did You Know?
• Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read. • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks. • Being late for school may lead to poor attendance. • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
What You Can Do:
• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. • Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots. • Introduce your children to their teachers and classmates before school starts. • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent. • Try to schedule non-urgent related medical appointments and extended trips when school isn’t in session. • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning. • If you are concerned that your child may have Covid-19, call your school for advice. • If your child must stay home due to illness, ask the teacher for resources and ideas to continue learning at home.