cd05423d42069310VgnVCM1000002905c90aRCRDapproved/DCPS/ArticlesThe Importance of Regular Attendancebd05423d42069310VgnVCM1000002905c90a____The Importance of Regular Attendance13459536000001345953600000alfonso.wrightDCPSThe Importance of Regular AttendanceThe Importance of Regular AttendanceThe Importance of Regular AttendanceThe Importance of Regular Attendance<p><b>Regular school attendance is critical for academic success.</b> Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on time. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student?s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.</p> <p>We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school?<b>excused or unexcused</b>?they can fall behind academically.&nbsp; Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent?which means missing 18 or more days in a school year. Research shows that:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Children that are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1<sup>st</sup> grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3<sup>rd</sup> grade.&nbsp;</li> <li>By 6<sup>th</sup> grade, chronic absence is a warning sign for students at risk of dropping out of school.&nbsp;</li> <li>By 9<sup>th</sup> grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8<sup>th</sup> grade test scores.</li> </ul>