Getting those kids to school – tips for improving attendance

Did you know that the state of Washington is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to chronic absenteeism? When students miss more than 2 days a month or 18 days of a school year, whether excused or unexcused, they are more likely to fail classes, need additional reading and math support, and graduate behind their classmates (

September is national Attendance Awareness Month, so why not take a moment to talk to a student or their caregiver about the importance of attendance. Below are some tips, based on information from Attendance Works.

  • Help children and teens maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day. Listen to any challenges students have getting to school, and help them problem solve.
  • Share information with your friends and family about the importance of attendance, ideas for incentives for attendance, and the consequences of poor attendance.

Want to learn more about the importance of attendance in school? Check out the Attendance Works website and the Attendance Awareness Toolkit from the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

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