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Importance of Regular Attendance
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Success for All Students

The Importance of Regular Attendance

 

Nationally, nearly one in ten Kindergarteners and First Graders are chronically absent and miss one in ten school days or more. There are many studies that show the sad and preventable effect chronic attendance problems have on student achievement. Students who have missed a significant amount of school in the early elementary years have been found to fall behind in reading and math, and the gap continues to widen in the junior high years. By the time students are in high school, many of them begin to drop out and frequently fail to graduate, as missing significant amounts of school becomes the norm for them. Absenteeism has been found to widen the gaps between students in language, cognitive development, summer learning loss, and standardized achievement test scores. We often say "when you miss school you miss out."  

 

Our entire staff hopes to see your child at school everyday. We reward our students who have good attendance and recognize them publicly. If there are health or behavior problems that are making regular attendance for your child difficult, we can help. Being a parent is a full time and difficult job. Call me at 941 2007 if you have problems or concerns about getting your child to school everyday.

 

Bob Amato

Principal, Collegeville and Farmington Schools

Escalon Unified School district

 

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