Parent Letter #9 - Chronic Absence

posted Sep 12, 2019, 7:24 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

As we begin another school year, I would like to take this opportunity to address the importance of school attendance when students are in elementary school.  According to research conducted in 2015, 83% of students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade will not read proficiently in 3rd grade, and will therefore be four times more likely to drop out of high school. By promoting regular school attendance, you are helping your children develop positive habits that will help them be successful in school.  This type of success will not just be reflected in academics, but also in developing appropriate social skills, healthy life habits and positive emotional attitudes. 

Chronic absenteeism is defined as absence from more than 10% of the school year.  Although 18 or more school absences in a year may seem unlikely, that is just two absences a month.  This level of absenteeism can lead to students falling behind their peers academically, as well as to an increase in stress and anxiety for students and parents alike.  A similar effect can occur when students are regularly late to school or dismissed early.  Students who continually miss instructional time will be at a disadvantage and will be continuously trying to catch up with their peers.  Attending school consistently will improve student outcomes. 

If your child is struggling with absenteeism, please contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselors, or our parent coordinator for support.  We appreciate all your support to ensure student success by reducing chronic absence in school. 


J. Iovine