September is Attendance Awareness Month
Many of our youngest students who miss 10 percent of the school year – about 18 days in a year or just about two days every month – are chronically absent.
Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even PreK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance, and lower retention in later grades. If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the opportunity to build good habits that will carry them into college and career.
In San Mateo County, almost 10 percent of our students were chronically absent in the 2016-17 school year. These absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Here at San Bruno Park School District , we are committed to supporting all of our students and their families so that every child has access to education.
Here is a list of what you can do to make sure your child is not chronically absent:
- Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
- Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
- Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
- Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
Read the San Mateo County Board of Education and San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools State of California Endorsement of September 2018 as Attendance Awareness Month