Bulloch County Schools says to strive for five absences or less to avoid chronic absenteeism. Some absences are unavoidable, and parents/guardians can submit absence excuses by filling out an online form. See info below from the school district about absenteeism and how it can affect students, and helpful tips for being on time and having good attendance.
Many children in Bulloch County miss 10 percent of the school year. This is about 18 days a year or just two days every month, and it’s considered chronic absenteeism. It’s easy for families not to realize how chronic early absences can add up to academic trouble as their child grows.
Absences are sometimes unavoidable, but make it a goal to strive for five or less absences this school year. When your child is absent, be sure to submit an absence excuse either in writing or via the online form on your school’s website homepage. Also, be familiar with our school district’s attendance policies.
Absenteeism in Early Elementary Can Affect Reading Skills
- Children can fall behind in school if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
- In early elementary grades chronic absenteeism can make it harder for children to learn to read, a major building block for future learning.
- If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance.
Did you know?
- Chronic absenteeism is missing 10 percent of school, which is two days each month over the course of a school year or 18 days a year.
- By sixth grade absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By ninth grade attendance is a predictor of graduation rates.
- Chronic absenteeism affects all children, not just the absent ones. Absences and being late to school can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
- Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.
- Good attendance is a skill that will help children go on to succeed in high school, college, and careers.
What your family can do
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Use healthy routines to help keep your child in good health and make sure your child is up to date on any required shots.
- Try to schedule routine dental and medical appointments and extended trips when school isn’t in session.
- Help children understand that school is important by letting them see and hear that you are in partnership with the school and teachers for their education.
- Have a backup plan for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent if you need help.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- In middle and high school, encourage your child to join meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs.
- Seek help from school staff, other parents or community agencies if you need support.