Now that school is in full swing I wanted to reach out and let you know HOW important school attendance is for the success of your child. Research continues to shows that when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused – it can have a negative impact that can be seen as early as kindergarten.

Encouraging regular school attendance with your children is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. Research also shows that when our students attend school regularly, they often do better academically (lessons include activities and discussions to develop understanding that simply cannot be recreated when done later with an absent student), feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, develop healthy life habits, are more likely to avoid dangerous behavior, and are more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. We understand that when you child is running a temperature or a life event does require your child to be absent from school, they need to be absent. But as a district we want and need your child in school to help them succeed. If there are conflicts, please know we are happy to work with you if there is anything we can do to help with reasons for your child’s absences — whether they are physical or emotional — and offer support. Again, we want to help you set your child on the path to success!