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Attendance-Parents Can Make a Difference


The single-most important thing parents can do to help their child succeed in school!

Attending school regularly has a significant, positive impact on a child’s academic success—from kindergarten through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, parents play a key role in making sure they get to school safely and on time every day.

Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances.* But regardless of the reason, students who miss too much school can quickly fall behind academically. Absences can add up quickly, and students who miss 10% or more days of school over the course of the school year are at a significant disadvantage (that’s about two days per month or 18 days per school year).

Here’s what the research shows:

  • Tennessee students who are chronically absent in kindergarten are 15% less likely to reach proficiency in either 3rd grade math or English language arts.
  • Nationally, four out of five students who miss more than 10% of both kindergarten and first grade are unable to read on grade level by third grade.
  • The problems continue as students get older. Tennessee students who are chronically absent in 9th grade (miss 10% or more days) are 30% less likely to earn an on-time diploma (62% vs. 92%).

Parenting is hard work! Sometimes it’s tough to know how to best help our kids. However, making sure children get to school each day is one sure way parents can do so!

* Illness – When should I send my child to school?

We believe that student success begins with attendance; however, there may be times in which it may be in the best interest of your child to stay home. Children are considered contagious if they experience any of the following: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or conjunctivitis (pink eye). Your child should be fever free and/or symptom free for 24 hours without medication before coming back to school. Children with head lice are permitted to return to school once treated. If your child has a temperature over 100 degrees, the school nurse will call the parent/guardian or guardian to pick up your child from school. Do NOT medicate children to reduce a fever before sending them back to school. Please note that written instructions to the school from a student’s medical provider will take precedence over the above guidelines. For specific questions, please contact the School Nurse.

Source: 2017-2018 Student Handbook


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