Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
DID YOU KNOW?
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences or tardies can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing school can make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves.
PCS Code of Conduct-Attendance Policies
For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.