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The Importance of Good Attendance

The 2018/2019 school year is off to a great start and we want to ensure students and families recognize the importance of attending school every day…EVERY DAY COUNTS!! Attendance is an important part to a student’s academic and social success. Often, the number of days that students are absent accumulates without parents realizing how many days have been missed, or its impact on their learning. Students who miss 2 days a month over the course of the school year will miss 10% of important instruction time. We are committed to helping your child achieve good attendance. Our goal is to minimize absences by offering support and recognizing and celebrating good attendance throughout the year.

Attendance Facts

• Good attendance is linked to higher student achievement, grade-by-grade promotion, on-time graduation, and other indicators of success in school.

• Good attendance ensures your child has the instruction time to prevent gaps in learning, particularly with reading and math that in the early grades are the building blocks for future learning.

• Good attendance means your child won’t miss out on direct instruction, demonstrations, hands-on activities, or participation in class discussions.

• Good attendance means your child will better be able to complete homework and assignments that may be given.

• Good attendance means your child will be available to learn and interact more with other children, which in turn helps develop their social skills. You can help your child achieve good attendance by doing the following:

• On half-days, be sure your child attends school.

• If your child regularly complains of stomach pains or sickness, consider that there may be school-related stress. If this is the case, let us know.

• Set a bed time to ensure your child gets adequate sleep so that he/she wakes rested and is ready to learn the next morning.

• Have a morning routine that helps your child to get ready for school. • When you can, attend functions and events offered by the school. (Parent/Teacher Meetings, Orientations, Concerts, etc.)

• Volunteer at school if you are able. (Breakfast Program, Class Trips, etc.)

• Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher. • Encourage your child to participate in extra-curricular activities.

• Share this information with your child and all of their caregivers.

• Let your child know that you value good attendance.

If attendance does become an issue for your child at any time, please contact the school, or the Attendance Support Worker, Kristin Hubley. We are all here to work with you and your child. Always remember…EVERY DAY COUNTS!! Kristin Hubley, Attendance Support Worker, Avon View Family of Schools Phone: (902) 790-3957, Email: kristin.hubley@avrce.ca

 

 

Dr. Arthur Hines School staff believe that in order for students to be successful in school they need to have excellent attendance.  Missing large amounts of time can have a significant negative impact on academic achievement and student engagement with school.

Absenteeism on early dismissal days, as well as days when we have special events scheduled, (eg: dance festival), is an on-going concern.  Students who frequently do not attend the morning classes on early dismissal days are missing significant blocks of instruction in Math as well as Language Arts.  Special events are an important part of the student’s school curriculum.  These events provide an opportunity to showcase their talents and are important in the development of self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

I understand that there are many reasons why children miss school, however, we will need to work together to ensure that all students maintain regular school attendance. If there are problems or concerns you know about, it is very important for us to talk.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.