When students miss school, they miss important instruction…but did you know that student absences also impact the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District's ability to offer robust programs and services? Every Day Counts when it comes to attendance and ensuring students have the advantage of an outstanding education!
Absence from school can result in students having difficulty learning to read by the third grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. In addition, when a student misses ten percent or more of school days, or just two school days a month, due to absence for any reason (excused or unexcused) they are considered chronically absent.
Absences present academic challenges for students not in class, and when it reaches high levels in a classroom or school, all students may be affected because the resulting disruption hampers teachers’ ability to engage all students and meet their learning needs. When students’ learning needs are not met, they require additional support through district programs and services, which often require extra funding. To complicate matters more, a large majority of the school district’s funding to offer programs and services is based on the average daily attendance of students. As you can see, Every Day Counts!
So please help us set our students up for success by assuring they come to school every day unless they are sick. When students are sick or test positive for COVID-19, families should contact their school and share detailed symptom information and the date of onset. Visit our COVID-19 resource page at www.pylusd.org/covid19 for more information about our practices and protocols in this area.
Be on the lookout for this important reminder about daily attendance on banners across our campuses!
A national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success starting with school entry.
Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool and Kindergarten: Build the Habit of Good Attendance
Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education