• **Attendance: A Key to Your Student’s Success


    Schools are responsible for teaching your child. But schools can’t do their job if your child is absent. Learning builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning.


    Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests.


    Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year.


    Children can copy notes or make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussion, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.


    Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid background-one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.



    Here’s How You Can Improve Your Child’s School Attendance


    *Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.

    *Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.

    *Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise.

    *Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school.

    *Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.

    *Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.

    *Show your child why education is important. Give specific example of how education helps people succeed.

    *Lead by example. If children see parents taking off work for no real reason, they may expect to be able to do the same thing.


    Research shows that attendance is the single most important factor in school success. Thank you for helping your child be successful at Flippen Elementary School.