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How does attendance impact your child?


Dear Families, 

Partnering with us to get your child to school as often as possible is one of the most powerful ways you can ensure his or her success. When school attendance is a priority you take an active and vital role in helping your child to get good grades, develop life-long healthy habits and dramatically increase his or her chances of graduating from high school.

Students who miss an average of two school days a month, even when they are excused, have a more difficult time keeping up academically. In fact, all the current research shows that elementary students who are absent for eighteen or more days during the school year – just 10% of the time – typically fall behind two or three years academically compared to their peers. Middle School students who miss eighteen or more days of school are five times as likely to struggle with math and reading at grade level than their peers who regularly attend school. Perhaps the most telling data is that students who regularly attend school are four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college than their peers who are chronically absent.

In Orting, we believe in ensuring that every student is ready for “college, careers, and life.” As a parent of an Orting student you can help us prepare your child for a lifetime of success by working with us to get your child to school everyday. Of course, there are always struggles with getting kids to school and that is why we are here to help you as well. If you need additional help with your child, and/or you would like to know more about why it is so vital for your child to attend school, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal or school counselor.”