With the winter holidays nearing quickly, we want to stress the importance of sending your student to school every day possible.
Every year in our schools absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holidays as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It has been proven that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is true for all students — kindergarten through high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.
Last year alone, for the five school days just before winter break NINE of our district's 16 schools had an absence rate of over 5% every single day —a few as high as 10 and 11%.
We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families out of town, but keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back.
As a fun incentive, we challenge our students (and their families) to make attendance in December and January a priority!
We will be giving away incentive gifts across the district, randomly drawn at each school from the rolls of students who have perfect attendance (with no tardies!) for the week before [Dec 11-15] and after [Jan 2-5] Winter Break. Gifts vary by school:
Help us convey the message that attendance matters this winter and the rest of the 2017-18 school year!
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