By Guest Columnist, Robin Sanders,
Principal, Pelahatchie Elementary
Attendance is an important factor in student achievement. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time.
One of the most important things your child can do to reach the goal of success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day, on time. Students are required to be present for at least 63% of the school day, so coming late or leaving early also results in missed instructional time. By attending class regularly, children are more likely to keep up with daily lessons and assignments and take assessments on time. Research has shown that regular attendance may be the greatest factor influencing students' academic success.
The facts below were reported by Attendance Works, a leading national organization providing tools and resources for schools to reduce chronic absenteeism.
1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
2. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
3. By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
4. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school (about 18 days) negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
5. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
The average daily attendance rate for August at Pelahatchie Elementary is the highest it’s been since the 2017-2018 school year. This is a direct result of families valuing the importance of being at school each day on time. We appreciate the support and ask that you continue to make school attendance a priority to ensure success for all students. Attendance matters at Pelahatchie Elementary! Go Chiefs!