September is Attendance Awareness Month

We all play an important role in helping the students of Pasco County develop good habits for attendance and punctuality. It’s no secret that in order to be successful in school and in life, you need to be accountable and show up on time for school every day. This is something that we can model for our students every day by being present and setting a good example.

September is Attendance Awareness Month, so let’s remember that we are partners in making sure students are in class on time every day. Students can’t get that world-class education if they’re not in their seats. We do monitor attendance, and it is a factor in our early warning system for identifying students at risk of not graduating. We want all of our students to graduate, so they can be successful in college, career, and life.

Let’s make sure that all Pasco County students can get a world-class education by making sure they’re in school and in their seats every day.

Did you Know:

  • Attendance is required by Section 1003.21 (1)(a) 1., Florida Statutes
  • Regular school attendance can avoid these negative impacts:
    • Academic failure
    • Social isolation/disconnection
    • Low self esteem
    • Confusion, anger, anxiety
    • Disengagement with school
    • Diminished motivation

What you can do:

  • Take an active role – stay involved.
  • Talk to your child – identify potential sources of student anxiety (related to school, friends, other).
  • Keep updated on school events and announcements. Go to the school’s website and sign up for a myStudent account.
  • Help get your child to school on time and stay in school from bell to bell every day.
  • Schedule family events and vacations with your child’s school calendar in mind.
  • Limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments or illness. Try to arrange around the school day.
  • Promote good health.

Patterns of nonattendance and truancy are considered early warning signs of academic failure, behavior problems, and social isolation. To learn what you can do to help your student(s) succeed, visit www.attendanceworks.org.

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