Attendance

SCHOOL SUCCESS BEGINS WITH ATTENDANCE.
EVERY CHILD EVERY DAY COUNTS!

When it comes to school, students who miss school...miss out. Attendance boosts student achievement, improves the quality of your child's educational experience, and it prepares them for college, good careers and successful adulthood. By graduating from high school, your child can earn more than a million dollars in their lifetime. For every day of school missed, it takes two or more days for a student to catch up. Except in the case of illness, many school absences can be avoided with a little extra effort.

Parents, join forces with us to eliminate absences that can be prevented by making every effort to schedule medical and other appointments outside school hours and by making sure your children get plenty of sleep so they arrive at school on time. Give your child every opportunity to succeed in Tornillo I.S.D. and graduate to success, by encouraging him/her to attend school on time, every day.


WHAT PARENTS CAN DO


HELP your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines.

TEACH your child that attending school is nonnegotiable unless they are truly sick.

BUILD relationships with other families and discuss how you can help each other out (e.g., drop off or pick up children, babysit, translation assistance) in times of need or emergencies.

IDENTIFY non-academic activities (sports, art, music, etc.) that can help motivate your child’s interest in school and learning.



4 QUICK FACTS

- Chronic absence in Kindergarten is associated with lower academic
  performance in 1st grade among all children and, for poor children, predicts
  the lowest levels of educational achievement at the end of fifth grade.

- By 6th grade, missing 20% (or two months of school) is a critical warning
  sign of school drop-out.
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By 9th grade, missing 20% of school can be a better predictor of drop-out
  than 8th grade test scores.

- Tornillo I.S.D. earns around $30 a day per student for daily attendance. If
  20 students miss school in one day, the district loses $600. Twenty
  absences every day over a school year would cost the district to lose
  $102,600. Think of what those additional dollars could do for the students
  in Tornillo I.S.D.!