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Attendance Policy

ON TIME, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!

September 2, 2015


Dear Families,


Our attendance policy here at Hallett Elementary is to encourage our students to arrive each and every day on time, and stay until the bell rings to go home.


Good attendance is important for so many reasons, here are just a few:

- Children suffer academically if they miss school.

- It doesn't matter if an absence is excused or unexcused—they all represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.

- Good attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show that students who miss too many days in kindergarten or first grade can struggle academically in later years.

- By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.

- Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, slowing down instruction.



As a family, you can make a huge difference in your child’s attendance.

- Families should avoid extended vacations that require your children to miss school. Try to line up vacations with our school schedule.

- Avoid making doctor appointments during school hours.

- Set homework routines and pack backpacks the night before.

- Set a regular bedtime and morning routines. Make sure they get 9-11 hours of sleep. Lay out clothes the night before.

- Get to know the teacher and stay in touch with them to monitor their academic progress to make sure your child is staying on track.

- Above all, set an example for your child(ren). Show them that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick. Don’t keep students home to help with daycare and household errands.



You can turn to the school for help. Ask the principal or counselor for recourses to help understand the importance of good attendance. Our goal is to encourage all students to attend school ON TIME, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!



Sincerely yours,

Cindy McSmith, Principal