Attendance Matters

Chronic Absence:

Missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions—can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. 

Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building thishabit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventuallygood attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.

Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool and Kindergarten

Build the Habit of Good Attendance. Showing up on time every day is important to your child’s success and learning from preschool forward. Work with your child and his/her teacher to develop your child’s strong attendance

Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School: Pay Attention to Attendance


Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students access

learning opportunities and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

Families can also advocate for resources to help students learn if they cannot attend in-person.