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Absent Students

DelReyWoodsLarge40_701x466.jpgWhen students are absent from school, they are missing valuable instructional experiences and lessons that often cannot be made up. When children are out due to illness that can’t be helped and is an excused absence. Some absences can be avoided like doctor and dental appointments. Many doctors understand the importance of students not being disrupted from their class lessons and will make appointments after school. Generally, if possible, after lunch appointments are less harmful than morning appointments since many of the “3-R” subjects are taught in the morning. If in doubt, please check with your child’s teacher.

Attendance Matters

Missing school a day here and a day there may seem harmless, but it has become a nationwide epidemic. Students in MPUSD are not immune to this epidemic. In fact, many young students miss 10 percent of the school year - about 18 days a year or just two days a month. This chronic absenteeism can predict lower test scores, poor attendance, and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year. September is Attendance Awareness Month. Partner with the district and your school to educate your students and their parents about the importance of attending school every day.