Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow
September is National Attendance Awareness Month. Attending classes has a
huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten.
Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day
and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in
Northwest ISD realizes some absences are unavoidable due to
other circumstances, but we also know that when students miss too much school,
regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically.
Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent which
means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire year. Research
- Children chronically
absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to
read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
- By 6th grade,
chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for
dropping out of school.
- By 9th grade
good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th
grade test scores.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically
absent if he or she misses just two days every month! We don’t want your
child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that
your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a
few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
- Make sure your children
keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack
backpacks the night before.
- Ensure your children go
to school every day unless they are truly sick
- Avoid scheduling
vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
- Talk to teachers and
counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
- Develop back up plans
for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family
member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
BNHS Senior Named National
Ye, a senior at Byron Nelson High School, has been named a National Merit
Semifinalist. Ye will have the
opportunity to advance in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship next
spring. He is a member of the orchestra,
serves as the senior class vice president and is on the student council.
Scholarship winners will be announced in April. Click here to read more.