What Can I Do to Improve My Students’ Attendance?
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.