“Strive in Five”
We are urging students to “Strive for less than five days absent” this school year.
Help your child succeed! There is a direct correlation between regular school attendance and academic achievement, so help your child build the habit of regular attendance. Start good habits when your child is young – begin stressing the importance and consistency of punctuality and daily attendance for your pre-K student. This can lead to good attendance during the elementary and high school years and carry forward to college and career.
How many absences are too many? If a student misses 2 days a month, this adds up to 20 absences per year or nearly 10% of the school year. Students missing 15 days of school per year are considered to be chronically absent.
Making daily attendance and punctuality a priority is important for students of all ages. Students who are chronically absent are at risk for falling behind, not meeting with academic success, and are 7.4x more likely to drop out of high school. Research shows that poor attendance in the early years can keep young children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
September is #AttendanceAwareness Month! Join our new Facebook Challenge – #SchoolEveryDay on time at HPS! Create a poster about the importance of daily attendance and punctuality. Please email email@example.com a photo of your poster and a sentence that describes why it is important to come to school every day on time. Provide your name, grade, and school. Contestant names will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Friendly’s.
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