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September is Attendance Awareness Month
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Did you know that September is Attendance Awareness Month? Regular attendance is so vital to the success of your child.

Holly Springs Elementary School attendance rates are some of the best in the county. It is reflected in our student achievement and academic success. In an effort to recognize the hard work that students and parents have put forth to getting here every day, we will begin to recognize grade levels and individual classes for their commitment to making every day count. For the month of August, 3rd grade had the highest attendance. Our class from 3rd grade with the highest attendance for August was Ms. Howard’s. We are very proud of 3rd grade and Ms. Howard’s class.

Too many absences, excused or unexcused, can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. How many are too many? 10% of the school year, that’s 18 missed days or 2 days a month. Missing this amount of school can knock students off track.

A statistical analysis by the Georgia Department of Education found that just a 3 percent improvement in attendance – five additional days – would have led more than 55,000 students to pass end-of-year standardized tests in reading, English, or mathematics in grades 3 to 8. The biggest impact was for students who missed between 5 and 10 days of school, suggesting that missing even a week to two weeks can have a significant negative impact on achievement (Barge, 2011).

Tardies matter too. When a student arrives late to class, it is disruptive to the learning environment for your student, the teacher and the entire class.

Please help your student to be prompt when arriving to school. Students need to be seated in class when the bell rings at 8:00. Students should arrive at least ten minutes before that time in order to walk to their classrooms, put their items away and be seated at their desk ready to learn.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

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