Attend today. Achieve tomorrow.
Learning happens every day. Attendance matters, every day and for each student.
1 out of 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss at least 18 days of school – a full 10 percent of the school year. But only 17 percent of those kids will read on grade level after 3rd grade, research shows. By middle school, chronic absence is one of the leading indicators of dropping out. And by 9th grade, it’s a better predictor of dropping out than test scores. This trend starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to dropout rates.
Every child should be at school every day, and our students share with us why it is important to be at school every day.
For help with attendance, contact your school’s Student Engagement Specialist (SES) or Family & Community Service Support Provider (FCSSP.)
The good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve. While addressing some attendance barriers—such as health, poor transportation, and unstable housing—can often require longer-term strategies, everyone can make a difference by helping students and families understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever possible is critical to realizing their hopes and dreams.
That’s why our school district, in partnership with the United Way, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford Public Library, MegaEducation, Achieve Hartford!, the City of Hartford, and Attendance Works, is promoting Attendance Awareness. We’re asking parents, schools, city agencies, community nonprofits, businesses and others to deliver the message that attendance matters for success in school and in life, and that absences can easily add up to academic challenges.
Parents, help your child succeed in school by building the habit of Good Attendance early.
If you need help, call: 860-695-8400. Our Welcome Center is happy to assist you.
When do absences become a problem?
Take a guess at how few absences it takes for Good Attendance, how many are Warning Signs, and how many result in Chronic Absence.
Then, flip over the cards to see the answers.
If your child has been absent for less than 9 days in a given school year, well done! This is proof of Good Attendance!
If your child has been absent 10 to 17 days in a school year, this is a warning sign of chronic absenteeism.
18 or more missed days of school results in your child being chronically absent.
Here's what you can do to help.
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, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Here are some tips for building good attendance habits:
• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
• Introduce your child to his/her teachers and classmates before school starts to help him/her transition.
• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.
• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Downloads & Media
Download: Attendance Awareness poster[en español]
Links & Partner Websites
The Attendance Works site that has everything you could need:
Concepts and Messages:
The Attendance Works materials toolkit:
You can also go to 211ct.org for ideas and help.
Partners & Supporters
Attendance Matters is an initiative sponsored by the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading, AttendanceWorks and Hartford Public Schools, with the help of United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford Public Library, MegaEducation, Achieve Hartford!, and the City of Hartford to increase community awareness about the importance of daily attendance, and to inspire action to get students into their classroom seats.