It is no secret that school attendance has an impact on academic performance. Jackson Park 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 not only improve academically, but will be more likely to thrive socially and emotionally.
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.
Things You Can Do
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
Encourage your child to develop the habit of regular attendance