Attendance Strategies for Parents of Elementary School Students
Talk about it – sing about it – make it an adventure!
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Share ideas with other parents for getting to school on time.
Before the school year starts
- Find out what day school starts and begin a countdown!
- Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required shots.
- Attend orientation with your child to meet teachers and classmates and find out about health and safety procedures.
- Ask family members or neighbors for assistance if you need help.
- Try to schedule non-emergency medical appointments and extended trips when school is not in session
- If your child seems anxious about preschool or kindergarten, talk to the program director, teacher, your doctor or other parents for advice.
Attendance Strategies for Parents of Middle and High School Students
Make school attendance a priority
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day.
- Help your teen maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Try not to schedule dental and nonemergency medical appointments during the school day.
Help your teen stay engaged
- Find out if your children feel engaged by their classes, and feel safe from bullies and other threats.
- Make sure your teens are not missing class because of challenges with behavioral issues or school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, contact the school and work with them to find a solution
- Monitor your teen’s academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors when necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
- Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
- Encourage your teen to join meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs.
- Notice and support your students if they are showing signs of anxiety.
Communicate with the school
- Know the school’s attendance policy – incentives and penalties
- Check on your teen’s attendance to be sure absences are not adding up.
- Seek help from school staff, other parents or community agencies if you need support.