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Attendance Resources

Chronic absence is a sign of educational inequity

Attending school has a huge impact on student success!

We realize some absences are for health or other reasons. But, when students are absent 2 or more days a month (or 18 days over the school year), they can fall far behind in what they learn. Excused and unexcused absences both mean missing classroom learning time.

Attendance Tips:

  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime and establishes a morning routine.
  • Turn off all electronics including TVs, phones and tablets at bedtime.
  • Make sure clothes and backpacks are ready the night before.
  • Check with your school's nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your child feels anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor or another parent to take your child to school.

Attendance matters. Please let us know how we can best support you and your child. Contact Student Services at (210) 634-6280.

When we reduce chronic absence, we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. A growing body of research reveals the prevalence of chronic absence and its critical role in student achievement. This research also shows that chronic absence can be addressed when school districts, communities, and policymakers work together to monitor the problem and implement solutions that target the underlying causes. 

Missing 10% of school days, just 2 days each month, can put children at risk of academic failure. 

For Elementary Families

Build the habit of good attendance in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time every day is important. Check out some great tips to help build this important habit!

For Secondary Families

Keep your child on track in middle and high school! Frequent absences are a strong sign that a student is losing interest in school and struggling academically and/or socially. Read great tips to help keep your child successful in school.

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