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It is no secret that school attendance has an impact on academic performance. Kannapolis City Schools is dedicated to the achievement and success for all students. We recognize that regular school attendance is an integral part of that success and encourage you to ensure that your child develops the habit of regular attendance. Children who are absent for even one day, or who arrive late to school, miss valuable instruction and can very easily fall behind. When students attend school on a regular basis, they will notonly improve academically, but will be more likely to thrive socially and emotionally.

We encourage both parents and students to familiarize themselves with NC State Law and KCS attendance requirements and expectations. In North Carolina, children between the ages of 7 and 16 must attend school. If a student habitually misses school, both parents and students may be brought to court and/or the Department of Social Services may become involved. It is very important that you work with the school to ensure that your child is attending daily.

  • Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
  • By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
  • Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days or about 18 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.
  • Encourage your child to develop the habit of regular attendance
  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before school
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or administrators about how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session