Attendance at school is essential to your child's educational s
uccess. Maine law requires that persons between the ages of 7 and 17 attend school. Absences need to be identified as excused orunexcused.
In order for an absence to be
excused, parents must notify the school, either by phone call or a written note. A student with 7 unexcused absences is considered truant.
Did you know....
- Even as young as Kindergarten, students who miss school can fall behind.
- Even just missing 1 or 2 days every few weeks adds up and can make it harder for students to learn and keep up.- When students are absent it can affect the whole class if teachers have to slow down to make sure students can catch up.
- Chronic absence is considered 18 or more days of school missed
Build attendance habits early! Every day counts!
What can you do to help....
Have routines for bedtime and morning and stick to them.Prepare backpacks the night before.Have your child go to school unless he is truly sick. Sometimes a child complains of a stomach ache or aheadache. This can be a sign of anxiety. Please reach out to the counselors and social worker if you believe your child has anxiety about coming to school.Whenever possible, schedule medical appointments and vacations for when school is not in session.