As parents, we all want our children to be successful at school. To help teachers educate our children, the most important thing we can do is ensure that they are at school all day, every day unless they are too sick to attend. When children are not at school, they miss valuable instruction time and the classroom interaction that is so vital to learning.
The median number of days an Obion County student misses in a school year is six (6) days. If your child misses significantly more than this number, chances are that his/her education is being adversely impacted. Students who miss eighteen (18) or more days in a school year are considered chronically absent and are at risk of falling behind their classmates. Students who are chronically absent multiple years are much more prone to dropping out of school once they turn eighteen (18) years of age.
Studies have shown that attendance is a major factor in a student’s success in school even in the early grades. Only 17 percent of students who were chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade were reading on grade level by third grade as compared to 64 percent of students with good attendance. Of course, reading is a skill that is essential for learning in any subject.
I encourage you to reach out to the staff at your local school if you have any concerns or need assistance in getting your children to school on a regular basis. Below are some links that provide parents with tips for good attendance.