Attendance in school is an important indicator for success in school and in adult life. Students who are chronically absent - missing 10 percent of school a year or just 2-3 days per month - may not be able to read on grade level, leading to lower academic performance. In some cases, unmanaged health issues may be leading to chronic absenteeism. Talking to families about attendance can help you as a healthcare professional understand if families are managing their health. Positive communication around attendance can also help promote its importance to families and students!
Learn why attendance affects students and find strategies for talking about attendance in the medical room.