Middle and high school flier

Middle and high school flier
Anchorage School District
Help your child succeed in school:
Build the habit of good attendance
What you can do
Make school attendance a priority
• Talk about the importance of
showing up to school every day,
make that the expectation.
• Help your child maintain daily
routines, such as finishing
homework and getting a good
night’s sleep.
• Try not to schedule dental and
medical appointments during the
school day.
GOAL: Every student will attend school at least 90% of the time.
A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. There is a
direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher
academic achievement levels.
Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in
making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.
• Don’t let your child stay home
unless truly sick. Complaints of
headaches or stomach aches may
be signs of anxiety.
Help your teen stay engaged
• Stay on top of academic progress
and seek help from teachers or
tutors if necessary. Make sure
teachers know how to contact you.
• Stay on top of your child’s social
contacts. Peer pressure can lead to
skipping school, while students
without many friends can feel
Communicate with the school
• Talk to teachers if you notice
sudden changes in behavior. These
could be tied to something going
on at school.
• Check on your child’s attendance to
be sure absences are not piling up.
• Ask for help from school officials,
afterschool programs, other parents
or community agencies if you’re
having trouble getting your child
to school.
Our data shows that students with the lowest atten­dance rate are also our lowest
achieving students. Students who have better attendance have greater proficiency.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and
themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that
going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help
children do well in high school, college and at work.
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