attendance matters

Attendance Matters In Finley

Finley School District, in partnership with United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, is working hard to decrease student absences and increase overall student success in the classroom through the Attendance Matters program. Did you know that children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year? That’s just 18 days or 2 to 3 days a month. And that can add up before you know it.

Students who attend school regularly are more likely to:

  • Stay in school
  • Graduate and go on to post-secondary education
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Be more engaged in school
  • Feel better about themselves and are less likely to be depressed
  • Build good habits for school, work and life
  • Break the cycle of poverty

What can students do?

  • Make an Attendance Pledge.
  • If you notice a friend or classmate having trouble, ask if they need help.
  • Use the buddy system by meeting up at the start of each school day or inviting someone to join a club, sport, or other activity offered in school.
  • If you are struggling with school attendance, talk to a teacher or school counselor for help.
  • If someone is absent, let them know you noticed and you're glad they are back.

What can parents do?

  • Set regular bed times and morning routines.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice or to see what might be contributing to your child's feelings.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up at school every day; make that the expectation.
  • Stay on top of your child's social contacts.
  • Encourage your child to find his/her passion, direction, inspiration, or connection through school.

Research shows us that absences add up.  That’s as true for kindergartners as it is for 12th graders. It’s as true for excused absences as it is for skipping school. We know there will be days when your child will miss school, especially when they’re sick. But did you know that nationwide, as many as 7.5 million students miss 10 percent of the school year? That’s 135 million days of missed school – and missed opportunities. And research shows us it also marks the point when students start to fall behind academically because they have missed too many days.

Let’s work together as a community – school and business leaders, parents, students, teachers, doctors, neighbors – to get all kids to school – on time, every day.