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September is Attendance Awareness Month!

The School Social Work Department is raising awareness with schools, parents and the community about the importance of on-time and daily student attendance by promoting positive attendance strategies in the month of September and beyond.   

Did you know? 

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10% (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Tardy arrival to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. 

Here are some tips and helpful reminders to build the habit of good attendance.   

  1. Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  2. Lay out clothes and pack backpack the night before (or virtually, back sure their work station is set up and ready to go).
  3. Encourage your child to ride the bus (when feasible and comfortable to do so). Riding the bus is effective to avoid tardiness and late arrivals. 
  4. Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. 

* School COVID guidelines should be followed 

  1. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school counselor, or the school social worker for recommendations on how to make he/she feel comfortable and excited about learning. 
  2. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.  

MAGIC JOHNSON ON SCHOOL ATTENDANCE – 1 MINUTE YOU TUBE VIDEO TO WATCH WITH YOUR CHILDREN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C24aoX7U-d8 

For more on school readiness, visit www.attendanceworks.org and www.reachoutandread.org  or email me at hutchinsv@fultonschools.org

 

Let’s be on time, present, and ready to learn!