Youth Success - Your Student's Attendance Matters


  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduate.

  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other challenge.

  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.

  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.


Make school attendance a priority

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.

  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finshing homework and getting a good night's sleep.

  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.

  • Don't let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.

Help your student stay engaged

  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are a problem, work with your school.

  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.

  • Stay on top of your child's social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated. 

  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Communicate with the School

  • Know the school's attendance policy - incentives and penalties

  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school. 

  • Check on your child's attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you're having trouble getting your child to school.