We are about 9 weeks (give or take) into the school year so far. My babies are JUNIORS in high school. I am not even sure how that is possible, honestly. They are doing adult-y things like driving, and dates, and jobs. But they are still my babies. And while I am big on making them do things for themselves, as a parent, it is still my responsibility to make sure they get to school, get good grades, and become functioning members of society.
In the last 9-10 weeks, my son has missed nearly 9 days of school. That is really bad. Unfortunately, it was unavoidable. He was sick, the school made him stay home – so they were excused. But it really doesn’t matter. Even excused abscenes can take their toll on a student. Thankfully, I have the resources at my disposal and thought to email his teachers daily and not only let them know what was going on with him, but also ask for anything he could do from home to keep from getting behind on his work. We took measures beyond that by seeking medical attention too, so that hopefully it doesn’t not happen again.
Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are less likely to read on grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
To combat chronic absenteeism, the U.S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council have partnered to create the public service campaign Absences Add Up. Absences Add Up is part of the My Brother’s Keeper Every Student, Every Day initiative, a broad effort to combat chronic absenteeism led by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice.
- Every absence matters.
- Absences matter as early as elementary school.
- Absences matter whether they are excused or unexcused.
- Students who miss just two days of school each month, or 18 days in a year, are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math and less likely to graduate from high school.
The Absences Add Up campaign directs parents and community members to AbsencesAddUp.org, where they can find information about the importance of school attendance and resources to learn how to help children who are struggling in school, being bullied, managing chronic illness, or addressing mental health challenges. The site also provides parents with resources to assist with caregiving, housing and food challenges. For teachers, community leaders, after school programs, and mentoring partners, there is information about how to encourage school attendance and resources to help address issues like poor grades, bullying, and family challenges that cause children to miss school when they don’t have to.
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- 12 family emergency days + 6 vacation days = risk of not making it to graduation day. Visit AbsencesAddUp.org today. #AbsencesAddUp
- 2 absences per month = less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. #AbsencesAddUp AbsencesAddUp.org
- The best way to ensure success for our kids? Get them to school every day. Visit AbsencesAddUp.org for tips #AbsencesAddUp
- Did you know that missing 2 days of school each month makes it less likely a child will graduate from high school? #AbsencesAddUp
- Every day in class = 1 day closer to graduation. Learn more about ensuring our kids’ success at AbsencesAddUp.org #AbsencesAddUp