School attendance is vital to student academic success. Often, parents and students do not realize how quickly absences can add up to academic trouble.
Many suggest having effective teacher-family communication and sharing the benefits of great attendance every day in the classroom will help drive up school attendance throughout your school community.
To help teachers build a culture of attendance, Attendance Works has suggested the following school attendance strategies:
A. Emphasize Attendance From Day One
- Talk with parents early in the school year to share the value of good school attendance. Let them know you are here to support them.
- Send home messages with information and tips about attendance. Don’t forget to use parent-preferred communication methods!
- Get involved with Attendance Awareness Month. Throughout September, 40 national organizations come together and host events and contests to help spread the word.
B. Use Parent-Teacher Conferences to Discuss Attendance
If a student is missing too much school, parent-teacher conferences are a great time to chat with parents about the impact of student absences. Help families brainstorm how they can establish good routines at home that will put students on the right track to good school attendance.
C. Promote a Culture of Attendance
- Encourage students to track their own attendance.
- Offer incentives for good school attendance.
- Encourage your principal to track chronic absence data more broadly to look for red flags.
- Engage community partners and encourage your school to provide references to families who need support.
Do you have an attendance issue at your school?
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