September – School Attendance Awareness Month
The 2014-2015 school year is well underway. Everyone begins a new
school year with high levels of optimism.
Each student wants to do well in school, every teacher wants their
students to achieve at the highest levels, and every parent wants their child
to feel comfortable at school and be successful academically and socially. It is the partnership between parents and
teachers that is a powerful force in the success of each student.
There are several things that parents can do to help their
child be successful. One very important way
parents can support their child is to read with your child at night. As students get older, that might mean
setting a time for reading independently.
Talking with your child about what they are reading is also
important. Some ways you can engage your
child around reading are asking them to tell you about a favorite character,
having them predict how the story will end, or read about a current event and
have a family debate at dinner.
Regular attendance at school is also extremely important. According to the California Department of
Education, children who miss 18 or more days of the school year starting in
kindergarten are less likely to learn to read by third grade and less likely to
graduate from high school. Students can
fall behind by just missing one to two days every few weeks. By 9th grade, regular and high
attendance is a better predictor of graduation rate than 8th grade
test scores. Attending school regularly
helps students feel better about themselves and better about school. It builds good life-long habits that are
important for college and the workplace.
Here are some helpful tips for making good attendance at
school a family focus:
Set a regular bed time and morning routine
Help you child maintain daily routines such as
finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night
Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is
truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a
stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay
Avoid medical appointments and extended trips
when school is in session
This year all the schools in Mammoth Unified School District
are working to improve student attendance.
We know how important it is for students to be in school every day. Good attendance and academic achievement go
hand in hand. We are asking our parents
and families to join us in promoting good attendance.