The Importance of School Attendance

By Cameron Hildebrand

There are a couple things that can be a foundation of good skills that can be developed in school. Good school attendance is one of them. While good school attendance directly affects one's grades and not getting behind on the learning process, it also has other benefits. Some of these benefits include staying out of trouble, it develops good workplace readiness skills, and gives the student an opportunity to stay up on their academics, rather than falling behind.

It has been proven that if a child or student has poor school attendance, it could directly result in them getting in a good amount of trouble. This could range anywhere from getting in trouble at home and at school to getting in trouble with the law in the worst scenarios. Not being at school on a regular basis could also prevent the student from developing relationships with their classmates which could then cause conflict within the students. If a student is not in school, this ultimately directly affects their studies. Even missing two days one week can dramatically push a student behind.

However, school attendance affects attendance in the afterlife of high school. If a student has poor high school attendance, it could then carry over to college, or even a job if they choose to go directly into the workplace. In order to achieve one's future goals, they must be willing to be at work or attend class at the appropriate times. If one fails to to attend high school, they are not going to be pushed to attend college classes and even their job. This interferes with a student’s future because they could get kicked out of the college of their dreams or not have the push to be qualified in attendance for their dream job. Not having good high school attendance could cause a person so many barriers after high school, put their dreams on hold, or even down the drain completely.

Additionally, the attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed outside of school if their attendance is greater and more consistent. It is harder for teachers to build a students skills if they are frequently absent. All in all, absences add up.

According to Attendance Works, these are 10 facts about school attendance:

  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year.

  2. Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.

  3. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

  4. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

  5. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

  6. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

  7. Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.

  8. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

  9. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

  10. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

One of the jobs that a parent has is to encourage their children to have regular school attendance because it is one of the most powerful ways a parent can prepare their child for success in both school and in life in general. As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. Overall, students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.