The Importance of Attendance

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Did you know that attending school regularly helps students feel better about school and themselves? Good attendance sets the foundation for a child’s classroom experience and leads to success for years to come.

Here are some helpful tips for good attendance that are sure to help your student succeed:

  • Set a regular bed time and create an effective evening and morning routine.
  • Prepare for the next day by laying out clothes, backpacks, and lunches the night before.
  • Only let your student stay home if they are truly sick.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors if your student seems nervous or anxious about going to school to come up with a plan to help them feel more comfortable and excited to learn!
  • Have a back up plan for getting to school set in case something comes up (call on a family member, friend, or neighbor).
  • Try to avoid doctors appointments or extended trips when school is in session – even on the days leading up to long breaks.

Remember, chronic absence means missing 18 or more days with warning signs beginning at missing 10 days. USD 475 wants your student to succeed and is confident that this begins with showing up for school. For more helpful tips and to learn more about the importance of attendance, visit