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7 Ways to Help Your Student Succeed

Did you know that a student faces a much higher risk of falling behind academically and not graduating from high school if they miss 10 percent of their school days? Even if the absences are excused. The research demonstrates there are long-term impacts for chronic student absence, even for preschoolers and kindergarteners. This research is a driving force in the recent national and state-level attention to student attendance.

Kent School District recognizes September as Attendance Awareness Month. Through awareness and education efforts, we seek to support our students to attend school and access the critical instruction and learning opportunities our schools provide.

As parents, families, and guardians, we have a critical role in our child’s ability to succeed in school. We all want what’s best for our kids and regular attendance at school is an essential component!

Here’s 7 things you can do to help your child’s attendance:

  1. Track your child’s absences, excused or unexcused, half days, early arrivals, etc. on the refrigerator. Absences add up quickly and it’s easy to lose track with our busy lives.
  2. Know when school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
  3. Help your child get ready for school the night before by helping set out clothes, pack the back pack, and get to bed on time. These habits set children up for success to be on time. Do you struggle with being on time yourself? You’re not alone. Try these tips from a chronically late parent.
  4. Do what you can to keep your student’s absences for the entire school year to fewer than 10 days. Some absences may be out of your control, like illness, or family emergency; therefore, limiting the optional days out of school is even more important. Try to avoid extended trips when school is in session.
  5. Stay in contact with your student’s teachers and school if missing class. Help your child make sure teachers are notified, and if possible, arrange for homework in advance. This helps students keep up with the class.
  6. Schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours; or at the very beginning or end of the day.
  7. Ask school staff for assistance, problem-solving, or support, if your child is struggling academically or socially in school, or if you are in need of additional support to get your child to school.

Find more information and resources on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website.


This article was originally shared on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction blog and adapted for the Kent School District website.