Today's the Day

Attendance, Family & Educator Partnerships | 09/06/2016

Keshia Wilson
Stand for Children Parent Member

Keshia is a graduate of Stand UP and a parent member of Stand for Children Illinois.

Today is the day!

Many students eagerly anticipate it, and all parents look forward to it. It’s the first day of school for most CPS students.

What is the importance of today? New challenges and new opportunities. It’s also a great opportunity for you as a parent to help your child have a strong year academically.

Strong academics are a byproduct of strong school attendance, which is why I’ve pledged to support my son this year by playing a role in his attendance.

There’s been a lot of uncertainty with Chicago schools lately. Questions about school funding reform, a possible teacher’s strike, to name just a few. 

But there is something you CAN control as a parent. Solid attendance – especially at the beginning of the school year – can lead to solid academics. Not only that, but drops in attendance rates may trigger drops in school funding, which can hurt classroom resources and planning. And you can help by pledging to take five actions to help your child stay on track to a bright future. 

Now, my son didn’t always look forward to the start of a new school year. He struggled with some classes, but with hard work and support from his teachers and family, his academics improved and he now loves going to school every day. Good attendance also kept him in the classroom learning and improving, allowing both of us to have better relationships with his teachers.

My work with Stand for Children has empowered me with the confidence to advocate for my child’s education. Not only does his success matter to me. I take every child’s academic success personally, which is why school attendance is such an important issue for me.

Join me and sign the pledge to say what we as parents CAN do to support our child at school.

By taking five important actions, we can help our children stay on track to a bright future. The start of a new school year is a limitless bright future for all children. Let’s work together to ensure it.

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    September 6, 2016 3:07 PM