Though there are times when you should not bring your child to school (fever, contagious illness such as pink eye, under doctor's care, etc.) your child will benefit from being at school every day.Here are great reasons to have your child attend school regularly.
Students with a 95% attendance rate or higher are twice as likely to pass the state achievement tests as those students with an 85% attendance rate.
Children who are chronically absent in Kindergarten show lower math and reading skills. These are the same students who make up those who are at low achievement levels in 6th grade.
Students with good attendance make up a vast majority of those who are at the top of their class in grades and tests.
Most elementary aged children average 4 or 5 days of absence per school year. Those who miss more days tend to always be trying to “catch up” rather than “keep up”.
Good attendance is the most reliable predictor of graduation from high school.
High school drop-outs are at high risk for being unemployed or under-employed.
Joint School District No. 2 defines expected elementary school attendance as missing not more than four (4) days per trimester. The elementary school instructional day consists of 5 hours 30 minutes (the school day at some schools may be less due to shuttles between schools) and students are expected to attend the full day.
Kindergarten: Students arriving to class after the tardy bell, leaving for a period of time during the day or leaving prior to the end of the school day, but in attendance for more than 2.5 hours, will be marked tardy.
Grades 1-5: Students arriving to class after the tardy bell, leaving for a period of time during the day or leaving prior to the end of the school day, but in attendance for more than 4.0 hours, will be marked tardy.
Student absences will be marked under two general categories, absent for a half day or absent for a full day.
The calculation of average daily attendance (ADA) as defined by Idaho Statute (Idaho Code 33-1002/33-
1003A and IDAPA 08.02.01) is as follows:
- Kindergarten: A full day consists of at least 2.5 hours of instruction per day.
Grades 1-5: A full day consists of at least 4 hours of instruction per day.
Kindergarten: There are no half-days for kindergarten. A period of instruction less than 2.5 hours will be recorded as an absence.
Grades 1-5: A half-day consists of at least 2.5 hours, but less than 4 hours per day.