Helping your child succeed in school starts with attendance. When children attend school every day, their capacity to learn and excel increases, building a foundation for a great future. Missing a few days of school may not seem like a big problem, but poor attendance leads to achievement gaps in a child’s education.
Poor school attendance rates that start as early as preschool and kindergarten are contributing to achievement gaps and high school dropout rates, according to Attendance Works. Missing three or more days of school per month can set a child back anywhere from one to two full years of learning behind his or her peers. Imagine a kindergartener missing the days focused on learning the alphabet and reading. When the child does come back to the classroom, he or she will have missed a critical moment of learning, which can truly impact their future.
When children miss school, they: