Making it to the month of October for some reason seems to solidify the school year. The month of September still seems like school has just begun, so I guess by turning the calendar, it feels like you are fully into the school year.
The month of October is broken up by several things. The end of the first nine weeks comes along and that triggers the parent teacher conferences. These things break up the monthly calendar with a few missed days of school and early dismissal. All of these things are listed below and on your yearly calendar from enrollment.
Attendance is always tracked at school. One reason it is tracked is due to the Kansas state statute on school attendance. We, as a school, have to report excessive absences or unexcused absences to the county attorney and then they are to follow up on the case with parents. However, there are always some circumstances where a student simply has to miss some days due to various factors. Schools are normally flexible with many of these when long term illness is involved or certain family circumstances. Just make sure you contact your child’s school office if your student will be or has been absent. Also, provide doctors notes for office visits.
Another reason that attendance is important is that research shows that the more school a child misses, the more likely they are to get behind in school work. The other issue is that students may miss out on a lesson that is needed to move on in the class. Without those building block lessons, a student’s understanding of subject matter can be damaged. Finally, absenteeism can become a habit that lasts well beyond the school years. It can become an adult issue as kids move on to college or the work force. Parents can help with absenteeism by not allowing students to miss school unless absolutely necessary.