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Absences Add Up! Is your child considered to be chronically truant?

posted Jan 22, 2019, 6:37 AM by Amy Abell   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 7:00 AM ]
Absences Add  Up!


We value student attendance.  Please help your child by being steadfast in your expectations for good attendance at school.   Students who miss more than 9 days of school in any school year have a much higher chance of struggling academically.

Imagine 10% of a school year.  At the winter break, if your child has missed 9 days of school, they are considered Chronically Truant.   It doesn’t matter whether the absence is excused or not, the percentage of days missed in a year is the only measure.

Starting this year, your student’s school accreditation will take every student’s absenteeism into account.  Schools who have 15% of their students that miss 10%(18 or more days) of the school year are labeled as Chronically Truant.  Although that sounds like a lot, surprisingly we have many students who miss more than 18 days in a school year. 

Any student absent more than 10% of the school year is considered Chronically Truant.


Thank you for taking the time to discuss good school attendance with your child.  You have the biggest impact on their success.

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