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Regular attendance prepares students for success

posted Jan 15, 2014, 3:39 PM by valley inquiry   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 4:35 PM by Salem Keizer ]

It is important to develop a habit of attendance early in life because it prepares students to be successful at all levels of education and in adulthood. Employers expect good attendance, so establishing good attendance habits is an important step in building career and college ready skills.

Families can do a lot to help students establish good attendance habits. Here are some tips for parents to help boost attendance:

  • Set an expectation that absences won’t be allowed unless your student is truly sick.
  • Make sure your children have a regular bedtime and establish a consistent morning routine.
  • Set out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor appointments when school is in session.
  • Make a backup plan for getting students to school when something comes up.
  • Ask your school for referrals to health care and transportation resources if needed.

Some absences, such as illness, are unavoidable. The important thing is for parents to get their students to school as often as possible.

For more information and reminders about the importance of attendance, download Salem-Keizer’s 2013-14 attendance letter to parents below.

Please see http://www.salemkeizer.org/story/regular-attendance-prepares-students-success for more information.