School Attendance

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

As students start back to school this year, I would like to reemphasize the importance of good attendance in school.  Students have a fresh start each year with attendance opportunities at school.  I would like to pass along information from the “Reach out and Read” institute and  These two institutes have a “Did You Know” and a “What You Can Do” section.  I thought their suggestions were excellent.  Thanks for all you do each day to help your students arrive to school on time and attend school.



•   Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

•  Missing 10 percent(or about 18days) can make it harder to learn to read.

•   Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

•  Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

•  Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves.  Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, everyday is important.  Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.



•Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

•Lay out clothes and packback packs the night before.

•   Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.

•   Introduce your child to his/her teachers and classmates before school starts to help him/her transition.

•  Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.  Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

•  If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

•  Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

•   Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.


We look forward to a great year in Garfield County School District!

–Superintendent Dalton

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