Did you know that when a student misses two days of school each month, or around 18 days a year, they are considered chronically absent? It may not seem like much, but missing two days each month accounts for about 10% of their school year. And if an elementary school student misses about 10 days per year, they will miss an entire semester of learning by the time they reach middle school. Nationally, one out of every ten students falls into the category of being chronically absent.
When students miss school, they miss opportunities to learn and the important interactions that occur with school staff and students that can’t be replaced or made up. While many certainly miss a day here or there due to illness, it is important to make sure missing school does not become a habit.
We know that LSS Mentors make a difference when it comes to attendance. One counselor recently said, “when I look at a student’s attendance and they have a mentor, usually I can count on the students being at school on mentor day.” Kids love to see their mentor and don’t want to miss their weekly meeting.
To help encourage attendance, mentors can talk about the importance of school as well as point out all of the fun and good that comes from being in school every day.
The Sioux Falls School District continues to make school attendance a priority. They believe that as attendance rates increase, students outcomes and performance and ultimately their success in school will increase too. Mentors as well as anyone who wants to learn more are invited to a presentation by Traci Jensen, Sioux Falls School District Student Support Supervisor, on Wednesday, September 13, 12-1 PM at LSS, 705 E 41st Street. Email us at mentoring@LssSD.org or call 221-2403 to RSVP.