Attendance Matters!

  • Attendance Matters Every day matters in Mapleton! 

    In Mapleton, it's our goal to have students attend school at least 95% of the time – missing no more than nine days a year for any reason.

    Did you know?

    Missing just one or two days of preschool or kindergarten every few weeks can make it harder for children to develop reading skills and be prepared for kindergarten or first grade.

    Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1 or 2 days every few weeks.

    Absences can be a sign that a teen is losing interest, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully, or facing some other difficulty.

    We care about each of our students, and when they are at school each day, we know they are having fun, staying safe, and learning. However, when students are not in school, they are falling behind.

    Chronic absenteeism impacts all students—no matter their age. Students who miss just two days a month for any reason are more likely not to read at grade level, and more likely to not graduate.

    Attendance can be a signal that a student needs support. Students might be absent because of:

    • Struggles with school subjects
    • School climate
    • Health conditions
    • Anxiety
    • Transportation
    • Caring for family members


  • Health

    When is sick too sick for school?

    There are times when students need to miss school due to typical childhood illnesses. However, when many health issues are managed, we can reduce the amount of time students are out of school. 

    Visit the  Adams County Health Department for resources to keep your family healthy throughout the school year. 


    My child isn't feeling 100%...can they go to school?

    Send me to school if:

    • I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
    • I haven’t taken any fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, and I haven’t had
    • a fever during that time.
    • I haven’t thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours.

    Keep me home if:

    • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.
    • I’m throwing up or have diarrhea.
    • My eyes are pink and crusty.

    Call the doctor if:

    • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
    • I’ve been throwing up or having diarrhea for more than two days.
    • I’ve had the sniffles for more than a week, and they aren’t getting better.
    • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I’m having trouble breathing after using an inhaler).
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  • Nutrition Services 

    In Mapleton Public Schools, all students may enjoy free breakfast and free lunch every school day. To learn more about Healthy School Meals for All, visit our Nutrition Services webpage. 

    Additionally, families are encouraged to fill out the meal benefit application form to confirm eligibility for reduced school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support, and other benefits. 

  • Crisis Response and Counseling 

    When in a crisis, we encourage all Mapleton students to share their concerns with a trusted adult, including a teacher or administrator. Community resources are also available to support students and families. 


    24-Hour Colorado Crisis Support Line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or Colorado Crisis Text: text TALK to 38255

    • If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. They provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365.


    Safe2Tell: 1.877.542.SAFE (7233),

    • Safe2tell provides a way for people to anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens, them, their friends, their family, or their community. 


    Community Reach Center: 303-853-3500


    IMatterColorado -  All Colorado youth can sign up for six free and confidential therapy sessions year-round at


    Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Services

    11230 Benton St., Westminster, CO 80020 - 303.360.3736

    Open daily, 3:30-6:30 p.m.



    The Second Wind Fund: 303-988-2645 (Referral Line)   720-962-0706 (General Information)

    • Second Wind Fund believes that every child and youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they need. They match children and youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities. If a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, they pay for up to 12 sessions of therapy from one of their specialized network providers. 


    24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    • Free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    Trevor Project Hotline for Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ youth 866-488-7386


  • Transportation

    As a district of choice, Mapleton is committed to providing transportation to and from school for all in-District students, regardless of the school's location in relation to the student's home. Families who do not live within walking distance (more than 1 mile) of their school may contact Transportation Services for bus route information, 303.853.1093.


    Zero Fare for Youth - RTD

    From Sept. 1, 2023 through Aug. 31, 2024, RTD is offering free transportation to help teens get to jobs, internships, stores, or anywhere they want to go, locally. 

    “Zero Fare for Youth,” is a one-year pilot program where riders ages 19 and under can ride at no cost. This is meant to enhance the lives of RTD customers and communities by reducing transportation costs for families and removing barriers to education and employment while creating access to destinations across the metro Denver region.

    To ride, you must be prepared to show one of the following to the bus operator or fare inspector: a current school ID, valid government-issued ID, alien registration/permanent resident card, Military ID/dependent card with DOB, RTD-issued youth special discount card.