• Impact of Chronic Absenteeism:

    Preschool and Elementary Schools build the foundation for learning needed for children to do well in middle and high school.  When a child is absent, there is incomplete learning which is cumulative over a student’s PreK-12 experience.  This means that a student who is chronically absent each year starting in preschool will have missed half of a school year by the time they leave 3rd grade.  

    Students suffer academically from having chronically absent classmates—as exhibited across both reading and math testing outcomes. Chronic absenteeism not only has a damaging effect on those individuals missing excessive school days but also has the potential to reduce outcomes for others in the same educational setting.”

    Reasons for chronic absenteeism may include unreliable transportation, child care, health and dental practices, housing displacement and food insecurity.  Most of these are barriers that can be overcome by families when given assistance from local agencies and nonprofit organizations in Del Norte.  If you know of a family in need of services, let your school know and direct them to www.connectdelnorte.org for the resources in our community.

    Informational Videos


       The Importance of School Attendance


    Attendance in Elementary Grades:  Tips for Parents


    5 Facts on School Attendance



    Build the habit of good attendance starting with the first day of school.

    1. Post a school calendar in your home with the schedule.
    2. Identify transportation to school.
    3. Pack their backpacks the night before school and have a consistent place to put them.
    4. Setting a regular bedtime will ensure enough sleep for the learning at school.
    5. Create a routine and set an alarm that allows your student to be on time for school every day.
    6. Establish a back-up plan with relatives, neighbors or friends that can get your child to school when you cannot.
    7. Keep your child healthy by dressing them for the weather, hand washing and talking to your doctor when they are sick.


    Present, Engaged and Supported

    Relationships, whether with staff or students, help keep students engaged and attending school every day.  Does every student have a meaningful relationship with a caring adult on campus?  Every student should have at least one caring adult on campus they connect with that checks-in with them daily and that they feel comfortable reaching out to for help when they need it.  

    Schools also work to strengthen their relationships with families by inviting families to participate in school events, activities as well as providing feedback on what is going well and ideas for improvement.  During the week, school is where students spend most of their time outside the family home, so it is essential that positive relationships between schools and families are established.

    Present, Engaged and Supported



    Who can families turn to when they need support?

    People who can help on campus: Teachers, Counselors, Principals, Student Liaisons, Family Resource Officer

    Local resources can be found at:  Connect Del Norte and the Del Norte Wellness Center


    Five Essential Roles Families Play to Accelerate Student Learning

    Accelerate Student Learning 

    Student Attendance Success Plan

    My Childs Attendance Success Plan


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