Join us each September for School Attendance Awareness Month
A number of parenting practices have been shown to reduce the odds of dropping out of school:
- Having high aspirations for their children
- Monitoring their children's school progress
- Communicating with the school
- Knowing the parents of their children's friends
High School students - attendance awareness!
Students attending public high schools in 2017-18 have an opportunity to win a new car! In partnership with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto Toyota will be giving away a new vehicle as an incentive to show up to school EVERY DAY. More details of the perfect attendance campaign will be released at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
In March 2017 high school students voted for the car model to be given away in May 2018. The car model with the most votes was narrowed down to a Toyota Corolla!
September is School Attendance Awareness Month
Did you know:
- 7.5 million students miss 10% of school year nationwide? That's 135 million days total. That's why Every Day Counts!
- Chronic absence in kindergarten = lower academic achievement through 5th grade. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Chronic absence affects all kids, not just the absent ones if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Addressing chronic absenteeism is a key to improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement, and giving young people the best chance at success in their life.
Everybody plays a role in ensuring children attend school regularly. Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn that going to school on time, every day, is important. Research shows that good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
What you can do:
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator school counselor or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
- Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child's teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
- If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure he/she has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
Ways to Help Middle and High School Students Stay on Track
Help your teen stay engaged
Communicate with the school
Parents can make a difference!
What you can do in your community: