Why school at­ten­dance mat­ters

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -


- Poor at­ten­dance can in­flu­ence whether chil­dren read pro­fi­ciently by the end of third grade or be held back.

- By 6th grade, chronic ab­sence be­comes a lead­ing in­di­ca­tor that a student will drop out of high school.

Di­rec­tor of Student Ser­vices Amanda Schutz with Cal­houn City Schools, and So­cial Worker Ge­or­gette Hunt with Gor­don County Schools, work closely with stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents. They are acutely aware of the im­por­tance to at­tend school reg­u­larly along with pos­si­ble prob­lems that keep kids home. They en­cour­age fam­i­lies to think about their back up plans for getting to school even when chal­lenges come up as one way to help im­prove at­ten­dance.

The con­nec­tion be­tween student at­ten­dance and learn­ing has been thor­oughly doc­u­mented with stud­ies that have tracked the out­comes. Chronic student ab­sence re­duces even the best teacher’s abil­ity to pro­vide learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The bot­tom line is stu­dents are more likely to suc­ceed in aca­demics when they at­tend school con­sis­tently.

Fam­ily Con­nec­tion works in part­ner­ship with com­mu­ni­ties, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, ser­vice providers, busi­nesses, ad­vo­cates and fam­i­lies to im­prove the well- be­ing of chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties


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