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"Be There!" School Attendance Tips

We've put together the following list of tips to promote good school attendance. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Absences - excused or not - have a lasting impact on your child's success. Build the habit of good attendance in elementary school (click for English or Spanish flier) and keep your child on track in middle and high school (click for English or Spanish flier). The "Be There!" Initiative is here to help lower school absences.

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Morning Routine Tips:

  1. Lay out your kid’s clothing and pack backpacks the night before.

  2. Make a morning routine chart and post it where kids can see it.

  3. Eating breakfast improves test scores, concentration and attendance. Prep a batch of food in bulk,
    freeze it and pull it out for a quick microwave in the morning. For example, make breakfast burritos.

  4. Keep items like yogurt, fruit, cereal and oatmeal easy to grab and go.

  5. Set all clocks in the house five minutes fast to help everyone be on time.

  6. If you are in charge of getting kids to school, get yourself ready before you rouse anyone else.

  7. Plan out routes to school or learn bus schedules ahead of time.

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School Routine Tips:

  1. Get a home visit buddy (like another parent) that will check in and make sure your child makes it to class.

  2. Connect with a school official to help with any issues you may be having.

  3. Students who are more active in school have better attendance.

  4. If you can’t participate in a school event, ask a grandparent. The more family is involved, the better.

  5. Help your child make a friend at school. Their friends will miss them when they aren't there.

  6. Stay on top your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.

  7. Arrange play dates with friends from school to re-establish connections that may have been lost during summer or holiday breaks.