Attendance Matters: All Day. Every Day

When Students Miss School, They Miss Out.
Posted on 08/18/2022
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Students who are in school learn more, achieve higher and are more likely to graduate. Metro Schools wants the best for our students, and together we can make sure they’re reaching their full potential. To put it simply: Attendance Matters! We want our students in school All Day. Every Day. attendance matters all day every day

Did you know if students miss just two days per month, every month, they are less likely to graduate high school? By third grade, chronic absenteeism can lead to a 50-day instructional gap – more than a quarter of a school year. By the time they graduate, that student has missed 140 days – almost a whole year of schooling.

Regular school attendance is critical to the development and education of children; it is also one of the most powerful predictors of future success, both in school and after graduation.

Poor attendance creates significant learning gaps and hinders the opportunities for academic, social and emotional growth, as well as the success daily schooling presents to each student.

Attending school and learning is a progressive activity. Meaning each day’s lessons build upon those of the day before. The students who are present and participate in discussions, experiments, demonstrations, etc., gain a much more valuable and tangible experience than those who are absent. la asistencia si importa todo el dia todo los dias

It is easy to overlook how absences add up and impact a student’s success, but even a few days here and there can impact student achievement. Habitual absenteeism leads to frustration for the student and for the teacher. Students will have a difficult time keeping up with their classmates academically and commonly fall behind. It is important to remember that being late to school or leaving school early also results in missed time in class and can affect students just as absences do.

Help Your Student Succeed

As a parent, your support for student attendance is critical. Here are a few ideas to help your child show up every day:

  • Setup for success the night before – lay out clothes, pack your bookbag and do whatever else you can at night to prepare for an easier morning.
  • Rhythm and routines – help your children maintain a morning routine that gets them out of the door on time.
  • Talk about the importance – school is equally important as a job and showing up on time is crucial.

Metro Schools puts the health of the students first, so we recognize it is important to keep your child home while they are sick and there are cases when students must be absent due to unknown circumstances. Of course, students who are sick should stay home to reduce the risk of spreading illness until they feel better and are no longer contagious. Prioritize your health.

Daily Attendance Phone Calls Resume

MNPS has resumed daily attendance calls for this school year. Families whose students are absent when attendance is taken should receive a call on this schedule:

  • Start times 7 to 7:54 a.m. – notifications by 9 a.m.
  • Start times 7:55 to 8:54 a.m. – notifications by 10 a.m.
  • Start times 8:55 to 9:54 a.m. – notifications by 11 a.m.

To ensure these calls are received, along with other important messages from MNPS, families should review and update contact information using the Campus Parent Portal or by contacting their child’s school.

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