Help Your Child Succeed in School.........
Build the Habit of Good Attendance NOW!
School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!
DID YOU KNOW??
- Starting in 4-year old kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. (Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten settings and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.)
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. (By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.)
- Students can fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks. (It doesn't matter if these absences are excused or unexcused, they all represent LOST TIME in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn that they WILL NOT GET BACK!)
- Being LATE to school can lead to poor attendance.
- Absences and/or tardiness can affect THE WHOLE CLASSROOM if the teacher has to interrupt instruction OR slow down learning to help a child catch up on skills/materials he or she has missed.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school...AND THEMSELVES. Start building this habit in 4-year old kindergarten so they learn right away that going to school on time and every day is IMPORTANT! Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college / technical school, AND IN THE WORLD OF WORK.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick (Fever or Vomiting). Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school counselor, or the principal for advice on how to make him or her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent from school.
- Avoid medical appointments and long, extended vacation trips when school is in session.
Please know, as a Lakeview School Family member, if you are facing tough challenges that impact your child's attendance...WE ARE HERE TO WORK WITH YOU AND ASSIST YOU !
You can contact Lakeview School @ 766-5252 and ask for Cindy Dennis, Lakeview Principal or Heather Hillstrom, Lakeview School Social Worker to discuss your situation.