The Importance of School Attendance
Did you know?
Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Missing 10%, or 2 days a month, over the course of the school year, can affect a student’s academic success.
Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
What can you do?
Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
Help your student maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
Try to schedule dental and non-Covid-19/Infectious related medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session.
If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
If your child must stay home due to illness or quarantine, ask the teacher for resources and ideas to continue learning at home.
(adapted from www.attendanceworks.org/
Harlem's Attendance Procedures
Attendance is an important factor in achieving academic success. Students who are frequently absent or tardy often miss important information covered in class, fall behind, and/or lose interest in school. As a result, the Harlem School District adheres to the following attendance policy.
Valid reasons for excused absences include illness of the student, injury, unavoidable accident or emergency and anticipated absence with administration approval prior to the absence.
Prior to the appointment, the parent should call the school and give the following information:
Name and grade of student
Time of appointment
Type of appointment (Doctor, Dentist, etc.)
Time to be released from school
Approximate time of return to school
On the day of the appointment, students should come to the office and receive a pass in order to be released from class at the designated time. The parent/guardian must sign the student out through the office (K-8). When the student returns (K-12), they must sign in back through the office, with a written note statement from the doctor verifying the appointment. No appointments will be classified as excused without written proof from the doctor, dentist, etc.
The following are examples of unexcused absences. This is not an all-inclusive list.
Lack of ride to school
Missing the school bus
Parent calls exceeding the 5 excused
Participation in non-school sponsored events
Private vehicle breakdown or failure to start
The determination as to whether an absence is excused or unexcused will be made by school administration according to Illinois School Code section 105 ILCS 5/26-2A.