School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!
School attendance is essential beginning in kindergarten. Sometimes we don’t think that it is as important as good attendance in the upper grades because kindergarten is not mandatory in many states. But it is important to build a healthy habit of daily school attendance right from the beginning. Did you know:
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause some children to fall behind in school.
- How many absences are too many? Chronic absence is defined as 18 days a year—or just 2 days a month.
- Missing 10 percent or about 18 days of the school year in kindergarten can lower achievement in 1st grade and, for some students, through 5th grade.
- Students can still fall behind if they keep missing just a day or two every few weeks.