• Let Children Know that Good Attendance Is Important:

    • Attendance is a parent and student responsibility. Let your child know that you think attending school daily is important. Show them you are interested in their school activities and tell them that you want them to do well in school.
    • Good attendance habits start at an early age. Make sure your child goes to school regularly and ontime. This helps them develop a positive view of school and the importance of attendance.
    • Discuss with your student that arriving to school on time and to report to class when dropped off.
    • Become involved in your child’s school life and school activities.
    • Take an interest in your child’s school work. Check homework for accuracy and completeness.
    • Read the school newsletter. Post the school calendar and notes on the refrigerator, or other prominent location to highlight school activities and important student information.
    • Do not provide inappropriate excuses for your child to miss school. Do not let them take time off
    • from school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
    • Don’t expect or let older children stay home from school to babysit younger siblings.
    • Set good examples and enforce rules. Speak well of the school and support school staff.
    • Make a contract with your child to improve his/her attendance. Reward positive improvements.

     

    Establish a Routine:

    •  Give yourself and children enough time to get ready. No TV on school mornings.
    • Provide students their own alarm clock. Teach kids to set and use their own alarm clock or clock radio.
    • Set alarm clock 30 minutes earlier for students who need more time to get ready for school.
    • Plan ahead the night before: such as identifying and pre-prepping breakfast, have kids choose clothes and shoes the night before, and pack their backpacks with completed homework and snacks/water. Parents can prepare for work the night before too.
    • Set a regular bedtime schedule. Age should be a factor.
    • Get proper rest and go to bed early.
    • Have your child go to bed 10 minutes earlier and get up 10 minutes earlier.
    • Have kids bathe or shower in the evening.
    • Help your child relax before bedtime with a story, instead of the stimulation of television.
    • Have schoolwork and lunch ready and laid out, ready to go. Create a special folder for completed assignments.
    • Provide regular study times and a quiet, clean area for doing homework.
    • Have your child walk to school or the bus stop with another child who is always on time.
    • Limit and balance extra-curricular activities.
    • Have a back-up plan for cold weather for cars not starting.