Coming out of the Covid pandemic, we are seeing a nationwide issue with student attendance, which is understandable. In order to keep everyone safe, we asked parents to keep students at home who could possibly transmit the virus. Because we have moved beyond those protocols, we now need all families to hear, loud and clear, that we need students in school every day. So much happens during the school day that goes beyond the “make-up work” that a student will complete when he or she misses school.
This matters for your student to learn what they need to in order to become Future-Ready. Chronic absenteeism directly affects our ability to achieve three of our four long-term goals.
Graduation Rate: Students who are chronically absent in a single year between grades 8 and 12 are seven times more likely to drop out of high school.
3rd Grade Literacy: Students who are chronically absent in Pre-K and Kindergarten are less likely to be reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
Safety: Students who are chronically absent are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and show increased risk for suicidal behavior, depression and anxiety.
If you need support for your family to remove barriers for better attendance, please contact the office at your student’s school. We are here to work with you to make sure your student is prepared for their future. - Kelly