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The Importance of School Attendance

As early as elementary school, students who miss just two school days each month are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math, even if the absences are excused. While some challenges to a child’s attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence.

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How Absences Add Up

Your child doesn't want to go to school today. What's the harm in letting him stay home? Possibly a lot. Learn about the problem of chronic absenteeism from Bob Belfanz, Ph.D.

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Bringing School Attendance Home

In this video from Attendance Works, a variety of parents speak about the importance of school attendance and making sure absences don’t add up. This video offers practical, everyday steps parents can take to help their children attend school and highlights ways schools and communities can help reduce barriers to attendance.

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