In Aldine ISD, the focus is on the whole child. This includes academics as well as the characteristics of successful learners; attendance is an important component of both.
Schools across the country tend to experience student absenteeism around holidays in the fall semester. Campuses also notice attendance starts to wane after state testing in the spring semester, which for some students begins in late February (click here for major testing dates). This is known as the “spring slide.”
Research shows that attendance habits begin early and that there is a direct correlation between achievement and attendance. While poor attendance can contribute to academic struggles, it can also lead to school-related anxiety.
There are absences that are unavoidable. However, the District’s goal is to work with families to decrease unnecessary absences. Parents are key to ensuring students attend school.
“Families often aren’t aware that absences are adding up to so much time that their children might be academically at risk,” Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg said. “Simply put, it represents lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.”
Campus staff members are happy to work with parents to address specific issues related to their child’s school attendance.
“I encourage families to aim for 100 percent attendance,” Bamberg emphasized. “Attendance matters and impacts children’s success now and in the future.”
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