Every School Day Counts
Help your child succeed in school by Building a Habit of Good Attendance.
Elementary - Middle School Students
Quick Facts About Attendance:
- Being late to school leads to poor attendance
- Too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing school 18 days during a school year can make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every month.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to assist children with catching up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about themselves and school. It also helps them do well in high school, college and their career.
How You Can Help:
- Set a regular schedule for bedtime and morning routine.
- Prepare for school the night before by laying out clothes, packing backpacks and preparing lunches.
- Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, discuss with teachers, school counselors and other parents on how to make them feel more comfortable and excited about learning. Develop plans for getting to school in case something comes up. Include trusted family members, neighbors and other parents in the planning.
- Avoid making medical appointments and planning trips when school is in session.
High School Students
Quick Facts About Attendance:
- Students can be chronically absent even if they miss only one or two days every month.
- Attendance is an important life skill. It will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- Regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student's academic success.
How Can You Help:
Make school attendance a priority:
- Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Make that the expectation.
- Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good nights sleep.
- Don't let your child stay home unless truly sick.
Help your teen stay engaged:
- Find out if your child feels engaged in his classes and safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies.
- Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
- Stay on top of your child's social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school.
- Encourage meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs
Communicate with the school:
- Know the school's attendance policy.
- Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior.
- Check on your child's attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
- Ask for help from school officials, after-school programs, other parents or community agencies if you're having trouble getting your child to school.
Learn and Play Day
November 5, 2019
In celebration of great attendance, DPSCD families are invited to visit the city’s cultural gems on Professional Development Day / No School, November 5, for special activities and programs.
More details on the institutions and specific offerings to come.
Count Day Incentives
Pistons Basketball for All
All students who attend school every day, October 2, 2019 - October 16, 2019, will qualify for a chance to receive Pistons tickets, a basketball or other cool prizes.
All K-8 students who attend school on Count Day Wednesday, October 2, 2019, will receive one wristband.
All high school students who attend school on Count Day Wednesday, October 2, 2019, will receive a key chain with their school logo.
All Aboard! Calling all DPSCD High School Heroes with Perfect Attendance:
Students who are marked present every hour of every day during the full Count Window, October 2 - October 16, will be eligible to attend a FREE private cruise on the Detroit Princess on Saturday, November 2 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. To be eligible, students must have a clean disciplinary record. The incentive will be limited.
Help your school become attendance leaders by attending school everyday. Between Oct. 2-8, three elementary schools will be selected based on attendance to receive a Smoothie Party for up to three classrooms. Students will have an opportunity to make their own smoothies using specialized bikes.