We need our families’ help with an important goal this year. Because we know that attendance has a direct impact on academic success, we want to see every student attend school every day and for the full day. 

Why is This Important?
We want your child to succeed in every aspect of life and it starts right here with being present at school. Attending school regularly is so important for your child’s success because it not only helps your child academically but it also helps them socially as well. While some absences are unavoidable, research shows that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. For example, missing 2 or more days per month, or 18 days over the course of the year, means they have missed 10% of the yearly instruction!

Some Great Tips to Get Out the Door

  • Help your children establish a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Help your children get to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to help out.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school or show other signs of not wanting to go to school.

Other Resources
For more information on school attendance, please review the FSSD policy (6.200 Attendance) online at www.fssd.org (under the School Board tab, choose Online Policy Manual) or refer to your school’s parent handbook. Another great resource is www.attendanceworks.org.

We want your child to be successful in school and when they are absent, we miss them! Let us know how we can best support you and your child by contacting your child’s teacher, principal, school counselor, or district attendance supervisor Celby Glass at 615-472-3117. We look forward to seeing you and your child throughout this school year!