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Attendance Policy
Posted 10/13/21

Date 10/12/21

 

  

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

We wanted to bring the current state attendance rules to parents' attention. A student is chronically absent from school when he or she has missed 10 percent or more of the days he or she has been enrolled in school. These absences include excused and unexcused absences as a combined total of days absent. With this new law it means many more students will be showing as having chronic absenteeism. 

 

During this time of COVID we have ways to help your students if they should have to quarantine for any reason. During the time that the student is gone they can complete work either through a packet sent home by the teacher or through their google classrooms. This would all be asynchronous work but would allow them to get credit for attendance during their quarantine. If you would like more information please reach out to us so we can assist in getting that set up and reduce the amount of absences your child may otherwise have. 

 

In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on your child’s education. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign of drop-out. By ninth grade, good attendance can predict graduation even better than eighth-grade test scores. Clearly, going to school regularly matters!

 

We would like to help resolve any problems that may be causing your child to miss school. Please call me at 877-2724 at your earliest convenience. I would like to learn more about what is making it difficult for your child to get to school and work together with your family to see if we can help improve your child’s attendance.

 

Sincerely,

 


 

Gillian Stewart    

School Counselor

 

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