Getting children to school every day is the single most important thing that parents can do to help them succeed.
Developing good habits as early as kindergarten is critical.
Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk.
Chronic absence, missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason, excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school.
Here are some tips laid out by Mission: Graduate / United Way of Central New Mexico to avoid this kind of thing from happening.
- Set a regular bedtime. Depending on their age, children need between 9-11 hours of sleep
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Have a backup plan for getting to school.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teachers. Have their phone numbers handy.
- Know when your child is too sick to go to school.
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