School is Best When Your Child is Here

School is Best When Your Child is Here

Every student is unique in their learning style, interests and abilities – including your child!  But we do know that there is one way that works to help all students succeed: 

Make Sure They Attend School.
(As long as they are healthy enough to do so.)

Student attendance - simply being there - is a primary predictor of student success. 

This year, we are partnering with all families to ensure the highest level of attendance. Our strategic plan calls for District 34 to provide parents with tools, resources and relevant, consistent information to connect with the school and support their child’s progress. Therefore, each month, you will receive an email that shows your child’s average daily attendance and the number of absences and tardies. The first email will be sent in January. 

We hope you will use this information in a positive way to help your child have the best school experience possible. You play a key role in getting your child to school on time every day. Here are some tips, used with permission from Attendance Works:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. 
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. 
  • 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 home. 
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, reach out to school staff for support.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent. 
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.​

If your child does have to miss school because of illness or other important reason, here are some reminders: 

  • If your child is ill, please make sure you are notifying the school of your child’s absence.
  • Please notify the school each day your child is absent.
  • If you receive a call stating that your child is absent from school and you realize you forgot to call: Make a call to the school right away to excuse the absence.

​A missed school day is a lost opportunity for your child to learn and to connect with teachers and friends and be a part of the classroom community.  We want all of our students, as much as possible, to be safe, healthy, connected and learning! 

Please contact your building principal if you have any questions, or need support. 

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