Parents and families play an important role in ensuring that students attend school every day. Jamestown Public Schools understands the importance of attendance to a child’s education. The district has an attendance policy and includes information in its District Code of Conduct available on the website (www.jamestownpublicschools.org).
“One of the most important things you can do as a parent to help your child achieve academic success is to show them the importance of going to school everyday,” said JPS Superintendent Tim O. Mains. “Studies show that a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life. Our district works very hard to be proactive in finding out the reasons why a student isn’t attending school and trying to help but we do have consequences if students do not attend school on a regular basis.”
A few tips from the U.S. Department of Education:
1. Make getting to school on time everyday a priority in your family.
2. Talk with your child about the importance of school attendance from an early age and the negative effects of too many absences.
3. Create a safe space for your child to share what’s keeping them from participating in school on a regular basis.
4. Have a back-up plan for getting you child to school when there are difficulties with transportation, family illness, or other challenges.
5. Schedule doctor and other appointments for after-school hours whenever possible.
6. Monitor students’ school attendance to make sure your child is in class everyday.
7. Contact your child’s school to discuss supports and services that can help you child maintain regular school attendance.