The Importance of Regular and On-Time School Attendance Parents

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The Importance of Regular and On-Time School
Attendance
Truancy Intervention Maximizing Education (TIME) Program,
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Escondido Union School District
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Regular School Attendance is the First Step to Student
Success in School
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Daily and On-Time School Attendance is an Important Part
of Being a Respectful and Responsible Student
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Parents and School Staff Want Students to…
•learn and be successful in school
•develop healthy habits
•develop good life skills and routines
•feel comfortable at school
•develop friendships
•have positive school experiences
Regular and on-time school attendance helps to support
students in each of these areas
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Positive Effects of Daily and On-Time School
Attendance:
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Helps develop and practice respect and responsibility
Helps to promote good life habits and skills
Helps increase learning
Promotes higher test scores and grades
Students feel more connected to school
Students are more likely to stay out of trouble
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Negative Effects of not Attending School Daily and
On-Time:
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Students miss out on classroom learning
Students miss out on social experiences
Students can have difficulty learning
Catching up with missed learning can be twice the work
Students can feel disconnected from school and peers
Classroom teaching and learning can be interrupted
Students may feel stressed and/or embarrassed
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Important Attendance Terms:
• Chronic Absenteeism: Missing 10% or more of school in an
academic year (both excused and unexcused absences).
Example: In a 180 day school year, missing 18 days of school
• Truancy: Three unexcused absences or unexcused tardies, of
more than 30 minutes, or any combination of the two, in
one school year (Ed. Code 48260)
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Attendance Facts:
• Chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower
academic performance in 1st grade among all students
• Kindergarten and 1st grade students that are chronically
absent, are less likely to read at grade level by the end of
3rd grade
• Students with little or no attendance issues in
kindergarten and first grade have shown to score higher
on 3rd grade California Standardized Tests (CSTs)
Source: 2011.Chang, Hedy, Director of Attendance Works (www.attendanceworks.org)
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Attendance Facts:
• Students that are English Learners and have little or no
attendance issues in kindergarten and first grade have
shown to score higher on the 3rd grade California English
Language Development Test (CELDT)
• Chronic absence is the strongest predictor of students
dropping out of school before graduation
Source: 2011.Chang, Hedy, Director of Attendance Works (www.attendanceworks.org)
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Attendance Facts:
• Schools receive funding to provide students with
education and programs that support student learning
• The school receives funding per student, for each day of
school attendance
• School absences, excused or unexcused, are
not funded
• The funding per student, per day is approximately
$27 per day
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EUSD Attendance Data:
• EUSD has had an increase of student attendance in the
last three school years
• In 2011-12, the school district was able to increase
attendance revenue by approximately .50% and saved
approximately $500,000 is district revenue
• In 2012-13, EUSD kindergarten students had the highest
rate of chronic absence amongst all grade levels
(approx. 12%)
• In 2012-13, 1st grade students had the highest rate
of truancy amongst all grade levels(approx. 33%)
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Regular and On-time School Attendance is the Law
in California:
Compulsory Education Law (E.C. Section 48200):
All students between 6 and 18 years of age, not exempted
under provisions of the law, are required by California law
to attend school. In addition parents have the legal
responsibility to ensure their child’s attendance.
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School Attendance for Students under 6 years of age:
• Once enrolled, students, under 6 years of age, are
required to attend school daily and on-time per school
district attendance policies
• Parents are responsible for helping their children
understand and follow attendance policies
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School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Process
(E.C. 48260):
• established by California law to identify students with
attendance concerns
• provides early intervention
• provides information and support
• links students and their families with resources to help
improve attendance
• promotes academic achievement
• prevents school dropout
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Attendance Intervention:
• School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Process: Students,
over the age of 6 years old that are absent from school
without a valid excuse, three full days or tardy or absent for
more than any 30 minute period, without a valid excuse on 3
occasions, or any combination of the two, in one school year,
will be considered as being truant from school and will enter
in the SARB process
• Students’ parents/guardians are notified of truancy concerns
through a series of letter notifications (there are 3 SARB
letters) and through school staff consultations through
phone calls and meetings
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Attendance Interventions:
• School Attendance Review Teams and SART Contracts
• Truancy Intervention Maximizing Education (TIME)
Program, the district attendance intervention program
• SARB Hearings and SARB Contracts
• Referrals to the Deputy District Attorney for Juvenile
Truancy Court (only used when truancy issues are severe
and have not improved, and when needed for
additional support
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Valid Reasons for Excused Absences:
Education Code 48205 specifies valid reasons for
excused absences
Parents receive this information in the beginning of school
year packets. Please see the Escondido Union School
District School Attendance Brochure, or the school’s Parent
Handbook for detailed information on valid reasons for
excused absences or ask the school office for the
information
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Ways that Parents Can Support Students:
• Reinforce the importance of daily and on-time school
attendance at home
• Establish expectations and routines at home (ex. early
bedtime, early morning routines)
• Explain and teach the expectations and routines
• Be consistent
• Be repetitive (practice is very important)
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Ways that Parents Can Support Students:
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Be patient as expectations, routines and skills are learned
Be a good role model
Maintain good communication with school staff
When there is an absence, call the school each day of the
absence and/or provide written verification explaining the
absence (all verifications must be provided within 2 days
of student’s return to school)
• Ask the school for information or support when needed
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Ways that School Staff Help Support Students…
• Help students to feel welcome in school every day
• Establish and teach school-wide expectations about daily
and on-time school attendance
• Consistently reinforce the importance of having good daily
attendance
• Check-in with students when they are absent and return
to school, when they are late or when they leave early
• Help students to feel supported and connected to
school and to others
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Ways that School Staff Help Support Parents…
• Help to reinforce daily home and school routines
• Work collaboratively with parents
• Communicate with parents when there are school
attendance concerns or any other concerns
• Offer parents support, information and/or connection
to resources when needed
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Regular and on-time school attendance throughout a
student’s academic career is a key factor to
achievement in learning.
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Let us work together on building your student’s
pathway toward academic success.
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For Additional information:
Contact your child’s school or contact the school
district’s attendance intervention program,
TIME Program
(760) 432-2474

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