Attendance Support

Chronic absence is a national crisis.  When schools, communities, and families work together, students succeed.  Find tips on this page to improve your child's attendance. 


"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."                     












10 Facts About School Attendance

  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  2. Over 8 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
  3. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
  4. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  5. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  6. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
  7. Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
  8. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
  9. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. 
  10. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

Tips to Improve Your Child's Attendance

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunization shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help them with transitions.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Volunteer at your child's school, and get involved.  Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

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For more information on how to help improve your child's attendance, contact one of our Student Success Liaisons:

School Site(s)

Student Success Liaison/Mentor

Contact Info

 Bataan Elementary

 Kari Close


 Bell Elementary

 Memorial Elementary

 Amber Ramos



 Chaparral Elementary

 Early College High School

 Elizabeth Hernandez


 Columbus Elementary

 Deisey Contreras


 Ruben S. Torres   Elementary



 Deming Intermediate

My Little School

 Sandra Snyder


 Red Mountain Middle   School

 Rani Singh


 Deming High School

 Mimbres Valley High  School

 Liz Ballinas