Why Pay Attention to Attendance?

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Why does your child miss school? Ask parents this question and you might be surprised at the variety of answers you receive.
“He needs a break and a day off once in a while.”
“She has so much to do, she needs to stay home to catch up.”
“He has a lot of trouble getting up in the morning.”
“She’s only a third grader. Surely she won’t miss much.”
“He isn’t feeling well. And he really hasn’t been acting like himself lately.”
A day off here, a few tardies there — these absences may not seem like much, but according to Attendance Works (a website dedicated to advancing student success by reducing chronic absence), we should be paying more attention. When students miss school, they miss out on vital academic time and are at risk of falling behind and eventually failing. Studies have shown that elementary school students who are chronically absent score lower on standardized tests and are more likely to become high school dropouts later on.

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