• By Jasmine S Agyemang
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September is Attendance Awareness Month – Here’s what you should know

Did you know? Children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days. That is a couple days each month.

Why is this important? We cannot teach an empty seat. Absences add up---whether excused or unexcused.

What you can do to help: This month, please join the Muscogee County School District Social Workers in celebrating school attendance by working together to help all our children attend school today so they can achieve success tomorrow.

Parents with elementary students (Pre-K-5)

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Parents with middle and high school students (6-12)

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
Need help? Do not hesitate to contact your child's school counselor or the Muscogee County Department of School Counseling Services, 706-748-2226.


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