Counselor's Corner, Attendance Matters:  Regular attendance at school is directly related to student achievement and success! Please let us know if we can provide your family help to ensure regular school attendance for the rest of the school year!

Help your child succeed in school:

Build the habit of good attendance early.  School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!


  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent of school (about 2 days a month or 18 days a year) makes it harder to learn to read.
  •  Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school disrupts the start of class and can make your child miss important lessons.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
  • Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.


  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Send your child the message that school is a fun place. Introduce you child to his/her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Bring your child to school 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 home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers,school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  •  Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent for help.
  • Plan medical appointments and extended trips when school is closed or not in session.
  • Keep track of how many days your child has missed and how many times they’ve been late.