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Student Attendance and Support, Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Regular school attendance is critical for academic success. Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on time. Daily presence in school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families can continue to play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school—excused or unexcused—they can fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days in a school year.  Research shows that:

  • Children that are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a warning sign for students at risk of dropping out of school. By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

You can view our Pre-K to Graduation policies here.

Support Services

Neediest Kids Fund/Bridge to Success

Neediest Kids is a charitable organization, now associated with National Council for Children and Families that provides emergency resources to help students whose basic needs might otherwise go unmet. The organization’s mission is to help meet immediate needs of students so they can stay in school and reach their full potential.  At present, DCPS school staff can request uniforms, shoes, and groceries/personal items/medicines to supports student needs.  

To learn more about supports offered by this program, contact your school counselor or Sharon Farewell at [email protected].