Dear OLS Parents/Guardians:
As we enter our second semester and prepare for our upcoming IAR assessment, it our goal to ensure that every student attends school regularly and is on time by 8:15 a.m.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
- By 4th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school
- Students who miss school fall behind academically, especially in Math and ELA
- Students social skills are negatively impacted as a result of feeling unprepared and limited peer interactions
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!
Clearly going to school regularly matters!
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
- Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and backpack the night before.
- Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
- Develop back up plans forgetting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
- Limit student access to mobile devices and cell phones at night to ensure sure proper rest.
We are committed to celebrating our students as we strive to #win this year at OLS.
Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information, please contact your child’s school.
Khari Grant, Ed.D.
Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM