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  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause a child to fall behind
  • Missing 10% (or 18 days) can make it harder for a child to learn to read
  • Students can fall behind even if they miss one or two days every few weeks
  • As a parent, you are responsible for making sure your child develops good attendance habits
What parents can do:
  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Sometimes a complaint of a stomach ache orheadache might be anxiety. Speak with a school social worker or school counselor.
 A word about tardies......
  • Chronic tardiness in elementary school is often linked to failure in high school
  • The parent of a chronically tardy child does not have to enter a classroom and try to play ‘catch-up’;that task is left to the parent’s tardy child
  • And as much as the chronically tardy child tries to be ‘invisible’ upon entering the classroom, everyone notices
Last Modified on July 2, 2013
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