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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.






Elementary Students
  • 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.

Click here for more helpful tips for elementary families!

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.

Click here for more helpful tips for middle and high school families!



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.  



Stay on track with good attendance.