• The "Every Minute Matters" campaign stresses the importance of developing good attendance as a habit. If students learn the importance of being on time and at school during their K-12 experience, it can only benefit them as they move into life after high school. Although attendance isn’t something you will see on a resume, it is a skill that employers value.
    Cass Regional Medical Center Director of Marketing and Public Relations Sonya McLellend explains the value of strong attendance habits.

    “Attendance is a very important factor our managers consider when completing our employees’ annual performance reviews. A poor attendance record can lead to a lower evaluation score, which in turn hurts the employee’s ability to earn the highest possible pay increase under our merit program. As my former boss and mentor used to say, ‘99% of success is showing up.’ I have found that to be true time and time again.”

    A Houston Chronicle article further states the importance of attendance as a habit/skill employers value.

    “Although employers are willing to help employees develop skills, most expect workers to already possess work ethics. Employee work ethics -- such as teamwork, respect, appearance, productivity, attitude and attendance -- are behaviors and attitudes people bring to the workplace. Although education, training, and experience are important, employers increasingly look at work ethics as equally important in hiring or retaining employees. Attendance, like all work ethics, affects every aspect of the workplace and the business.”

    We are asking for your help in developing a habit of good attendance in our students. School is our students’ first and most important job. Students are learning how to show up for school on time every day, so that when they graduate and get a job, they will know how to show up for work on time every day.

    Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
    • Make sure your student keeps a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Ensure your student goes to school every day unless he/she is truly sick.
    • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.