September is Attendance Awareness Month, let’s celebrate!
Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing
through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure
students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that
when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.
Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 17.5 or more days over
the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
* Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the
end of 3rd grade.
* By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
* By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!
Clearly going to school regularly matters!
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school
every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
* Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
* Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
* Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
* Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
* Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
* Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or
another parent to take your child to school.
At any time, please, let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school
on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more
information please contact your child’s school.
The District’s 2012-2013 Annual Report is available on the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website.
The report for St. Vrain Valley Schools provides a wealth of information, including, but not limited to:
Take a moment to explore this site; it is robust and full of useful school, district and statewide data.
Please follow these steps:
A printed copy of the full report is available by contacting Shari Wilson in the Communications Department at 303-682-7213 or by email.