Too many absences can make learning hard and cause students to fall behind. Chronic absence - missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month - can lead to lower grades and test scores. It is also related to lower reading and math skills, and high school graduation rates. Teachers play a critical role in creating a culture of positive attendance at school. It is important to emphasize and monitor attendance starting on day one.
You can communicate with parents about attendance through phone calls, emails, and parent-teacher conferences. You can encourage students by creating a class tracker that students can use to monitor their own attendance, and by providing incentives for good or improved attendance. Any student who struggles with attendance can be referred to the school guidance counselor, parent coordinator, or other staff members involved in monitoring attendance. Explore our materials to help you improve attendance in your schools below.