DID YOU KNOW?
When kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder for a child to learn.
Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even pre-K, is associated with lower performance in 1st grade, and for poor children, predicts the lowest levels of academic achievement at the end of fifth grade.
By 6th grade absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
By 9th grade missing 20% of school can be a better predictor of high school drop-out than 8th grade test scores.
Chronic absences do not just affect the students missing school. When too many children are absent, it slows down instruction for the other students. This makes it harder for students to learn and for teachers to teach.
Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when the whole community, along with parents and schools, gets involved in improving attendance.
The United Way's plan focuses on addressing the underlying challenges that can keep young children, especially those in low-income families, from learning to read proficiently. One of these challenges is school attendance--Too many young children are missing too many days of school.
Here are a few ways the United Way of Wyoming Valley is addressing to challenge of school attendance.
ATTENDANCE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Recently our CEO teamed up with school districts and other community partners to create a PSA to
promote the importance of good attendance to reduce student absences. Thanks to our friends at WBRE,
the PSA has been distributed across their 17 county viewing area reaching thousands of viewers.
ATTENDANCE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
We partner with dozens of local out of school time and summer learning providers to distribute attendance awareness literature from Attendance Works to help shine a spotlight on the importance of good attendance and give parents the tips they need to prepare children for a lifetime of success.
Please see the handouts below from Attendance Works on the importance of school attendance and what can happen if a student becomes chronically absent.
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early (English) | VIEW HANDOUT
Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early (Spanish) | VIEW HANDOUT
Pay Attention to Attendance (English) | VIEW HANDOUT
Pay Attention to Attendance (Spanish) | VIEW HANDOUT
Attention to Attendance in Early Grades (English) | VIEW HANDOUT
Attention to Attendance in Early Grades (Spanish) | VIEW HANDOUT
Visit Attendance Works | CLICK HERE
courtesy of attendanceworks.org