Why Attendance is Important
- Research shows that attendance in the first month of school is critical! It creates habits that continue throughout the school year. Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
- Moreover, the academic impact of missing school is the same whether absences are excused or unexcused. By 6th grade, chronic absence—defined as missing 10% or more of school (2 days a month!)— is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
- We can and must fix this. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Good attendance habits developed in school help students persist and succeed in college and the workplace.
- In Illinois, school districts determine the student population of a school, and thus the funding allocated to that school through reimbursement by the state, by average daily attendance during a period of time in the academic year.
- In Chicago, which uses student based budgeting, school population is determined by 20th day enrollment.
- Drops in attendance rates, either in the first month of school or throughout, may trigger drops in school funding allocation that hurt school resources and planning.
Take the Pledge
Stand for Children is partnering with schools to increase awareness and action about student attendance and absenteeism. Join us by signing the pledge to take 5 simple actions that help your child stay on track to a bright future.
- Get ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences by downloading our Parent Worksheet.
- Want to partner with Stand for Children for an attendance campaign at your school? Please contact us and a member of staff will reach back out in a timely manner
- Print and distribute the pledge and fact sheet at your school! Please contact us if you do so that we may support you in following up with your pledge signers or provide more materials.
- A good organization and webpage with many additional fact sheets and materials is Attendance Works. Please visit them as well on this matter.