Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because you have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day. Just as parents should focus on how their children are performing academically, you have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor your child’s absences, so that missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. This Parent Handoutoutlines strategies including:
- Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority.
- Alert schools and community agencies to barriers that keep kids from attending class.
- Ask for and monitor data on chronic absence.
- Demand action to address systemic barriers that may be causing large numbers of students to miss too much school.
Students that are not in attendance for 10% or 18 days of the school year are classified as chronically absent. Mississippi KIDS Count first released chronic absenteeism data in 2015. This release marked a turning point in Mississippi’s effort to reduce chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism data is calculated annually for every public school in the state.
For parents of secondary school students, check out this handout.
The Little Black Tournament continues on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:00p.m. Come out and support our Mighty Tigers!
P-16 Community Engagement Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:00p.m. We invite parents and community members to get involved in the vision and action steps for ETAC.
Black History Program will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 9:00a.m.
I Love to Read Week is February 26-March 2, 2018. Please volunteer to read in one of our classrooms. Help us celebrate literacy and Dr. Suess’ Birthday!