Why school attendance matters
- 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.
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