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    VCUSD Celebrates Attendance Awareness Month

    This month, we unite with educational institutions throughout the United States to commemorate National Attendance Awareness Month. The theme adopted by VCUSD for this year is "I see you." Acknowledging our students' presence guarantees their active participation in the learning process.

    As we embrace this month, it is crucial to remember that consistent attendance is a fundamental pillar of academic triumph. Extensive research has clearly demonstrated that students who consistently attend school significantly increase their likelihood of attaining their educational aspirations and becoming better equipped for future pursuits.

    Did you know? 

    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind
    • Missing 10 percent (about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1-2 days every few weeks
    • Being late for school may often lead to poor attendance
    • Regular attendance makes children feel better about school and themselves

    How can the school help? 

    • Your child’s school has the resources needed to help with attendance issues
    • Reach out to your child’s teacher, school counselor, academic support advisor, or principal. Schedule a phone call or meeting to talk about resources. 
    • The school can connect you with school-based wellness or mental health services or an academic support provider for community-based resources and referrals

    How do I encourage good attendance?

    • Build good attendance habits early so children know that getting to school on time every day is important! 
    • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine, laying out clothes and backpacks the night before.
    • Avoid scheduling appointments and trips when school is in session. Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Consider that sometimes a stomach ache or headache is a sign of anxiety. If your child seems anxious about attending school, talk to the school about helpful resources.