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Daily Attendance Matters!

Yikes! Forgot to set the alarm? What time is it? Is it too late to get my kids to school?  They will only miss one day—does that even matter?

The answer is a BIG YES!. Research shows that children put their entire school career at risk when they are absent from school, especially in the early grades. The learning they miss is hard to make up.

Okay, got it! School is important and we have to be there every day! But we have a big family and it’s hard to get out on time!

Getting many students up, dressed, and out the door on time can be a challenge. Here's are some tips to get the job done, whether you have one student or ten:

1.     Sleep, sleep, sleep! Shut the TV and all screens off at least a half hour before bedtime. Lots of screen viewing makes it hard to get to sleep….which makes it hard to get up the next day.

 

2.     Get ready the night before. Get in the habit of laying out your child’s clothes the night before. Get them to help you so that it becomes a habit. Once it does, they’ll look forward to getting up, getting dressed, and getting to school…..ON TIME!

 

3.     Routine, Routine, Routine. Make a poster list of the things your child needs to do each day from the time they get up to the time they come home and go to bed. When it's a routine, kids tend not to argue about it.

 

4.     Allow extra time. Set your alarm clock 10 minutes early. Snooze button? Set your clock across the room so that you have to get up and turn it off. Allow yourself an extra five or 10 minutes to get to school.

Following these simple tips will help establish a pattern of getting to school every day, on time, and eager to learn!