Did you know that students can still fall behind in school even if they miss just a day or two every few weeks? By sixth grade, absenteeism is one of the signs that a student may drop out of high school and believe it or not, by ninth grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation than eighth grade test scores. Research has linked good attendance, starting in kindergarten, all the way through high school, to higher achievement, lower rates of delinquent behavior and increased participation in higher education.
Importance of school attendance can’t be understated – The Jessamine Journal: Opinion
We work hard to make our schools inviting and engaging places where students can build relationships and learn. We have made a concerted effort to improve attendance with strategies that include implementing support systems to address barriers, offering incentives to encourage good attendance and applying consequences when attendance expectations are not met.
Attendance patterns are formed early; children who develop good habits in the primary grades will be more likely to attend regularly throughout their schooling.
— I couldn’t agree more. Absenteeism is a behavioral issue. We must correct this kind of behavior before it proves to become a problem. The earlier we attend to the issue, the better it is for the student.