• "Every missed school day is a missed opportunity!"
    -Tom Torlakson, State Superindendent of Instruction

    Attendance in the Early Grades

    Here at McAuliffe our priority is for all students to realize their unlimited potential. When a student is absent from school, even for one day, it can make a dramatic impact on the progress they make academically. Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the work place. Having them come to school every day, on time, is teaching them time management skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Help your child succeed by making attendance a priority for you and your student this year!

         Every parent wants their child to succeed, however some parents are unaware of the negative effects that absenteeism can have. Here are some startling statistics:

    • 1 in 10 students in kindergaten and 1st grade are chronically absent. In some schools, it's as high as 1 in 4 students!
    • Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school.
    • Missing 10% or more of school for any reason (excused, unexcused, etc.) is an indication that a student is academically at risk due to missing too much school.

    Partner with us this year in increasing attendance and bring your child one step closer to realizing their UNLIMITED potential!


    Below you will find helpful tips on what you can do to help with common problems people have that lead to poor attendance.
    For additional support, please do not hesitate to contact our school counselor. 

    »» Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

    »» Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

    »» Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.

    »» Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.

    »» Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. 

    »» If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

    »» Develop some backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.

    »» Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.