Today the district is launching our 2015 attendance awareness and education campaign to emphasize the importance of daily, on-time attendance. We know and value the importance of daily attendance for each and every student. If students aren't in the classroom, they don't have the opportunity to learn. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting statistics, links to resources, tips, and much more to ensure everyone understands how attendance can impact a student's ability to succeed beginning in kindergarten and throughout his/her life. Our message….”Be Here. Every Minute Matters.” #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Here are some practical tips for parents to support regular school 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. If you have to schedule an appointment during a school day, please try to only take your child out of school for the actual appointment.
- Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.
- 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.
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Take a look at these statistics regarding daily school attendance...
• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Today is Global Handwashing Day. Did you know that kids who wash their hands at least four times a day experience 24% fewer sick days due from colds, the flu, & similar illnesses and 51% fewer sick days due to stomach ailments? #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Attendance is an important habit for a student's future. Regular attendance is the precursor to the “soft skills” that employers will expect and require. Students who don’t develop the habits associated with good attendance in the early years will find it difficult to develop them as adults. #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Teaching good attendance as a habit will help our students as they move into life beyond high school. “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.” - From the Houston Chronicle #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Next Tuesday, October 27, the district will host an "All In" Day. On this day, our goal is for 100% of our students and staff to be present. Please mark your calendar and help your student be on time and at school all day on October 27.
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. An estimated 60 million days of school and 50 million days of work are lost annually because of the common cold. Be sure to wash your hands regularly, cover your cough/sneeze properly, and get plenty of rest. #HVBeHere
From a local employer on the importance of attendance in the workplace...
“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.” - Cass Regional Medical Center Director of Marketing and Public Relations Sonya McLelland
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. The state recently released district’s 2014-15 Annual Performance Report. Harrisonville scored a 93.9% which is an increase from last year’s score of 92.5%. One of the factors that make up the APR score is attendance and our attendance score increased from 7.5/10 in 2013-14 to 9.5/10 this year. Congratulations to all! However, the work is not over, our goal would be to earn all the points possible in the attendance category for the 2015-16 year. #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters.
Thank you to all our students who were in attendance today for the All In Day. Our attendance percentages by building were...
ECC - 96%
HES - 97%
McEowen - 95%
HMS - 97%
HHS - 94%
CCC - 94%
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. 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.
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. There are 425 minutes each school day for HMS & HHS students and 420 minutes each day for elementary students. There are 68,346 instructional minutes each year for HMS & HHS and 67,488 for elementary students. Each of these minutes is important to students’ success. #HVBeHere
Be Here. Every Minute Matters. Although, the promotion ends, our emphasis on attendance will continue throughout the school year. To ensure good attendance becomes a habit for our students, we all need to work together. It all comes down to this….if students aren’t at school, they don’t have the opportunity to learn and inevitably, they fall behind. We want all our students to have every chance to succeed and the partnership we have with our parents & community will help make that happen. #HVBeHere