Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow Groton!
Stay on track with good attendance.
Just 2 Days A Month Add Up!
Missing just 2 days a month - excused or unexcused - adds up to missing more than 10% of the school year, which is chronic absenteeism, and hurts a student’s success today and in the future.
1-9 Days Missed
Good / Satisfactory Attendance
Excused for any reason when the parent approves the absence in writing.
- Call the school when your child won’t be there.
- Write a note and send it with your child upon their return to school.
10+ Days Missed
WARNING and AT RISK for Chronic Absenteeism
Excused only for certain reasons, such as illness with a medical note, or legal matters.
- Call the school when your child won't be there.
- Provide a medical note or other required documentation, explained in the handbook.
What can you do as parents and caregivers to support your child's school attendance?
- Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before school for younger children.
- Try to schedule non-COVID-19 medical appointments and extended trips for when school is not in session.
- If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers and school counselors for advice on how to help your child feel comfortable.
- Talk about the importance of going to school every day with your child.
- Promote health habits for your child and family.
- If your child has to stay home due to illness or quarantine, contact the school for resources to continue learning at home.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Participation in early education programs, like preschool and Head Start, lead to better attendance in kindergarten.
- Starting in kindergarten, missing 10% of school (or just 2 days every month) can make it harder to learn to read and cause children to fall behind in school.
- Good attendance, whether class is held in person or remotely, can help children do well in school, and eventually in the workplace.
Middle and High School Students
- Absences can be a sign that a teen is losing interest, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other difficulty.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a teen may drop out of high school.
- Missing 10% (just 2 days each month) can drastically affect a teen’s academic success.
- Attendance is an important life skill that will help your teen keep a job and graduate from college.
New this school year are two mental health wellness days for K-12 students!
Excused when parent documentation is provided to the school.
May not be taken consecutively and will count towards chronic absenteeism if a student misses 10% or more of the school year, or approximately 2 days per month.
This is in accordance with Section 19 of Public Act 21-46, An Act Concerning Social Equity and the Health, Safety and Education of Children.