Every Day Matters…Now, More Than Ever.
The Troy City School District encourages students of all grade levels to attend school every single day that school is in session. Attendance is a strong indicator of academic success. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure your child is attending school. While we understand that the occasional absence may be unavoidable, many parents do not realize how quickly absences can add up and the long-lasting impact it can have.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is feeling additional stress and in some cases, families may be suffering from trauma due to financial hardships or a even a loss of a friend or family member. The social-emotional benefits of teacher and peer interaction through daily attendance has never been more important.
Tips for Remote Learners
- Partner with your teacher and schedule time for extra help and check-ins.
- Work in a quiet, designated place wherever possible.
- Set clear expectations.
- Celebrate success!
Why Every Day Matters
Children who get to school each day have a better chance of learning and succeeding in school. When they miss school they also miss valuable learning time. This can make them fall behind in their school work.
As early as Pre-Kindergarten, students who miss just two days of school each month (18 days in a year) are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math. That’s almost a full month of school! This means they will be less likely to graduate from high school. Even when the absences are excused or understandable, absences add up.
What you can do to help
- Build regular routines for bed time and the morning.
- Talk to your child about the importance of regular attendance and how your child feels about school.
- Set high expectations – don’t permit missing school unless your child is truly sick. Use a thermometer to check for a fever. Remember that stomach aches and headaches can be a sign of anxiety.
- Make doctor’s appointments after school hours.
- Plan vacations and trips for when school is not in session.
- Keep a chart recording your child’s attendance at home.
- Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.
Excused absences STILL matter
While we know that occasionally there is good reason to be absent, it is important to remember that even excused absences can add up. Absences of any kind mean missing important lessons in school.
Excused absences as defined by the Troy City School District Board of Education Policy 5100 as “absences, tardiness, and early departures from class or school due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, or such other reasons as may be approved by the appropriate building administrator, (including, but not limited to, absences due to circumstances related to homelessness).”
Unexcused absences can result in disciplinary action such as detention or in-school suspension. Students may also be denied the privilege of participating in or attending extracurricular events.
When to keep your child home