Every Day Counts - How to talk to your child about why attendance is important
Attending school every day and on time significantly increases your child’s chances of succeeding in school and graduating from high school....Every day counts!
Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Students
It’s important to start talking with your children about the importance getting to school on time every day. Here’s why being at school every day counts.
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences [PDF] can cause students to fall behind in school.1
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.2
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.1
What you can do:
- Come up with a routine and stick to it!
- Come up with back up plans for how to get your child to school if something comes up.
- If you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) set up an attendance meeting with your school.
- If your child is absent, work with the teacher to learn how you can help review the work that was missed.
Parent Guide: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early (Source: Attendance Works)
Infographic: The importance of attendance in the early grades (Source: Attendance Works)
Parents and Caregivers of Middle and High School Students
Even as children grow up and become more independent, it is still important to reinforce the importance of being at school on time every day and attending every class. Here’s why being at school every day counts.
- Sixth-grade students who are chronically absent [PDF] are less likely to graduate.3 Learn more.
- A ninth grader who misses more than nine days per semester is less likely to graduate.4 Learn more.
- A high school graduate earns at least $9,000 per year more than a high school dropout.5
What you can do:
- Talk to your child about the importance of regular attendance. Remind them that students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime.
- Want your child to see the effect of missing class and how it affects graduating on time? Check out this interactive attendance tool.
- If your child is skipping class, contact the school as set up a meeting with the attendance counselor.
Parent Guide: Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School (Source: Attendance Works)
1 Attendance Works and Reach Out and Read, Inc.
2 ECLS-K data analyzed by National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
3 Baltimore Education Research Consortium SY 2009-2010
4 Allensworth & Easton, What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools, Consortium on Chicago School Research at University of Chicago, July 2007
5 US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). The Condition of Education 2011 (NCES 2011–033), Table A-17-1.