Dear Parents and Guardians,
September is Attendance Awareness Month. There are a variety of things that parents can do to help their children develop good attendance habits. We realize that some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.
Our district attendance policy outlines methods for identifying students with chronic absences or tardiness. According to the policy, unexcused absences become a concern when there are three or more consecutive absences without parent contact, patterns of absenteeism, five or more absences in the first marking period, or ten or more absences during the school year. Tardiness is also identified as a serious concern after ten late arrivals. The policy also states that all work that is missed due to an absence is expected to be completed. The complete attendance policy can be found on our district websites.
Clearly going to school regularly matters!
Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
School attendance can also be improved by developing good sleep habits. When students are well rested they have the ability to learn new information, perform on tests to demonstrate past learning, and have good physical and emotional health. In the elementary school years, the recommendation is for 10-11 hours of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation also notes that “watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.” Keeping bedtimes on non-school nights consistent (not later than one hour past school night bedtime) can help considerably.
We look forward to a year of good health, good attendance, and great learning!!
W.T.P.S. Elementary Guidance Counselors