From the Desk of the Principal
February 2, 2018
Earlier this year I have shared with you the topic of improving our student attendance rates. This fits right into what OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) is now looking at in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and scoring schools on ELA (English Language Arts) and Math Proficiency and Growth, as well as the progression of our English Language learning students, and attendance rates. We know that school success goes hand in hand with good attendance.
What we do know is that attending school regularly helps children feel better about school--and themselves. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Below are things we as parents...myself included that we can do to help.
1. Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
2. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
3. Don’t let your child stay home unless they are sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or a headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
4. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
5. When students are absent, we really need a phone call explaining the reason for the absence and if we don’t hear from parents, we are required to code the absence as an unexcused, which really affects our attendance rates.
If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. We know that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.
You may be hearing more from your son or daughter’s teacher as Mission View, as a building, will be collectively working on this to better prepare all of our students. We feel that putting a higher emphasis on student attendance will help in all areas that OSPI is looking at in their Every Student Succeeds Act.
Let us all work together to help all of our students do well in school, college, and at work.
Mission View Principal