Be Here, Get There!
Time lost in the classroom - excused or unexcused - can quickly create academic challenges for children.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways schools, families and communities can work together to prepare students for success in school and in the workforce. To that end, Mapleton Public Schools is launching a multi-year effort to support the District’s goal of improving daily average attendance and decreasing absenteeism at all District schools.
Mapleton will be sharing important attendance information with staff, students, families and the community with the Be Here, Get There campaign.
“Being here, in school, on time, every day, is the only way to get to where you want to go and truly achieve your dreams,” says Charlotte Ciancio, Superintendent of Schools, about the idea behind the campaign. “We want students and families to know that the ‘here’ is Mapleton and the ‘there’ is anywhere you dream of exploring or anything you hope to accomplish.”
Excused or not, when students miss school, they are likely to fall behind in their work and lose their attachment to positive attitudes toward school. Poor attendance in the first month of school can predict chronic absenteeism for the entire year. Studies have found that kindergartners and first graders who miss 9-17 days of school during the year are 50 percent less likely to read proficiently by third grade. Students who are chronically absent in high school, defined as missing four or more days in a month or 10 days over the school year, are much more likely to drop out and have a decreased chance of earning a postsecondary degree.
Through attendance awareness, Mapleton hopes to increase the District-wide attendance level from 93 percent to 98 percent. Improvement strategies outlined in the Mapleton’s Unified Improvement Plan look at increasing support to help students and families overcome barriers to poor attendance. The District will be looking into everything from incentive programs, to partnerships to additional mental health and academic support to promote good attendance. From health to housing and transportation, Mapleton can help connect families to the resources needed to get students out the door and off to school on time, every day. Mapleton encouraged parents to talk to their child’s teacher or school director for more information about how to help improve their child’s attendance, or for additional information on the importance of attendance. The District hopes to inform the community about attendance through the use of billboards, posters and T-shirts promoting the Be Here, Get There campaign
Think to miss a day of school here and there is no big deal? Click on the links below to learn more about why attendance matters!
Learn more at www.attendanceworks.org
Absences Add Up – The Research
Absenteeism in preschool and kindergarten can influence whether a child will be held back in third grade. Several studies document a link between chronic absence – missing 10 percent of the school year (17 days in Mapleton) – in the early grades and a child’s ability to master reading by the end of third grade. Two recent studies show the effects of absenteeism on literacy start before kindergarten.
What can parents do?
- When students attend school regularly, they can see outsized literacy gains.
- Continue to promote a love for learning at home by logging on to www.myon.com and reading along with your children. myOn is an interactive digital library with more than 7,000 books available for students grades K-12. Talk to your child's teacher for login information.
- Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary.
Why September Matters:
Improving Student Attendance
Poor attendance in the first month of school can predict chronic absence for the entire year. A new study by the Baltimore Education Research Consortium found that half the students who missed two to four days of school in September went on to be chronically absent for the year, missing an average of 25 days.
Students who missed fewer than 2 days in September typically had good attendance rates for the entire year.
Learn more at www.attendanceworks.org