One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing her academic success.
Roll call is taken during Form Period (8.45-8.55) each morning. Students must attend Form Class to be registered as “present”
For an Explained Absence to be registered on our system:
• You will need to provide the school with a written note or a Medical Certificate from a Doctor if your child is unwell.
• If your child has an appointment we will require an Appointment note
All absences without notification are recorded as an Unexplained Absence:
• If your child misses 10 days, you will be notified in writing. If your child misses 15 days our HSCL Teacher will visit you at home or invite you to come in for a chat and to plan how we can best improve your child’s attendance.
• If your child misses 20 days, you will be notified in writing and a report send to our Education Welfare Officer.
Benefits of Daily Attendance
Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass reading and math assessments than students who don’t attend school regularly.
Opportunity: Being in school every day gives children a chance to learn more about college and third level opportunities. Children also experience important exams that they will need to build a successful academic record.
School Community: just by being present at school, your child becomes an important member of our school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
The Importance of Education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success.
What you can do:
As a parent or guardian, it is possible to plan ahead in order to limit your child’s absences, make school attendance a priority, and help your child from falling behind if it is necessary to miss a day of school. You can do this in the following ways:
• Help your child get to school on time every day. Babysitting, problems with a car or late bus, and the weather are not permissible reasons to miss school. Frequently coming to school late may also be noted on your child’s permanent record, and will make it difficult for your child to stay caught up with the first lessons of each morning. Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock, and keep the television turned off in the morning.
• Follow the school’s guidelines and attendance policy, and report excused absences immediately.
• Check homework. Check each night to see that your child understands and completes the day’s homework assignments.
• Take an active role. Stay involved with your child’s daily experiences at school by asking how the school day went, and then listening carefully to what your child shares with you both the successes and struggles. Make it a point to meet your child’s teacher and friends.
• Locate potential sources of anxiety. If your child frequently appears upset or reluctant to go to school and cannot tell you why, schedule an appointment with his or her teacher to talk about possible sources of the anxiety.
• Keep updated on school events and announcements. Read the school documents that your child brings home and take note of important announcements and dates, such as parent –teacher meetings.
• Try to limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments or illness. If possible, avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments during the school day. Allow your child to stay home only in the case of contagious or severe illnesses.
• Students who miss days, weeks, or months of school at a time will have a difficult time passing their courses and catching up to their peers.
• Schedule family events with your child’s school schedule in mind. Plan holiday celebrations or family trips during weekends or school holiday periods. In the case of family emergencies or unexpected trips, talk to our HSCL Teacher.
By making your child’s school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child’s school success, and setting a good example. Remember every day counts!