Greetings Harrison Families,
As we now have completed our first quarter of school, I wanted to thank you for coming to our parent teacher conferences. I also wanted to take a few minutes and share some information on the importance of school attendance.
Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievement.
Why is it so Important to attend every day?
- Learning is a progressive activity; each day's lessons build upon those of the previous day(s).
- Reading the material and completing work independently does not compensate for the loss of insight gained during class discussion or the loss of competency acquired through explanation or supervised drill.
- Many classes use lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experiments and participation as part of the daily learning activities, and these cannot be made up by those who are absent.
- Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in a student's school success.
What can parents do to help?
- Parents must model the value of education, including the importance of regular attendance.
- Make sure that your child goes to school regularly and arrives on time-you will establish a good habit that will carry through life.
- If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right. Make sure your child understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
- If your child is ill or must miss school for some other reason, contact the school. If you ask for homework, make sure your child completes it.
- Whenever possible, arrange family vacations during school holidays so that children miss as little school as possible.
- Take an interest in your child's school work and be involved in the school as much as possible-your child will value school more if you do.
Remember, regular attendance is necessary for success in school. Help ensure that your child has the best opportunity for success by making sure he/she is in school every day.