Attendance Awareness Month
Greetings Fontana Families,
Good school attendance is vital throughout the entire academic career of our students. The more time a student misses the less likely they are to be successful in the classroom. The month of September is Attendance Awareness Month and our district is participating with our theme “Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow."
Research tells us that missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, impacts student academic performance and starts shaping students’ attitudes about school. Elementary students’ school attendance habits often carry over into middle and high school. From the 6th grade through the 9th grade, student attendance is a better predictor of dropping out than standardized test scores. Excused absences and unexcused absences have similar impact on student academic performance.
School offers students the opportunity to learn today, and succeed tomorrow. When in school, our students learn how to become better readers, writers and critical thinkers. If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, they end up missing more than 30 hours of learning opportunities. This increases dropout rates and increases achievement gaps. We ask that you work with us to promote the importance of good school attendance during the month of September and beyond.
Randal S. Bassett