The World is Run by the People who Show Up
Absenteeism almost always begins with the child: I'm too sick? Can I come home. I don't feel well? What's the point? Why do I have to? - and on it goes. Parents are busy people and so much is going on in any given day that sometimes the sheer amount of absences mounts up without anyone being really aware of how high it's getting. When the school gets in touch about it, parents are often genuinely very surprised at the totals, and it takes tham a while to figure out and remember all of the times it happened. By then it can be a difficult habit to break.
This year, for the first time, students and parents will be getting comprehensive quarterly attendance reviews (approx every 40 school days) to help.
Here are some resources to deal with these issues. If you can't print them off, the school would be more than happy to provide copies. They are now included in the welcome packs for all new students.
Sometimes attendance issues are a symptom of something deeper, and should be taken seriously. It is important to know why. If it goes on for too long, please contact your child's yearhead or talk to your child's GP.
Focus on Attendance is a HSCL initaitve
Each Quarter (roughly every 40 days, each student will be given a quarterly review letter/report. Parents will be provided with a copy and a copy will be kept on file.
The review will contain figures (and percentages) for the number of
A prediction will be given, based on those numbers of the likely totals if nothing changes.
The letter will explain the consequences, if any, of reaching those totals.
It is hoped that student and parents will become more aware of these issues, and if the predictions look like being a problem, take action.
All attendance figures are available on VSware and all parents have been given usernames and passwords - if lost, just ask.
Focus on Attendance is a HSCL initiative.
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