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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of School Attendance

Help the Draper Dragons Be Great, Miss Less Than Eight

Planning a family trip for the holidays? Hoping to squeeze in a few extra days of vacation the week before or after Winter Recess? ‘Tis the season for reconnecting with faraway friends and family, and the timing of your travel plans can influence the cost of plane tickets and hotel stays. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education when they miss too much school.

Our school will be open, our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning right up until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the start of the winter break on Thursday Dec. 20—and we’ll waste no time starting up again after the New Year. So, please, help Draper Elementary realize our New Year’s Resolution to boost attendance schoolwide. Help us “Be Great, Miss Less than Eight.” A growing body of research shows that when it comes to keeping kids on track academically, every day of instruction counts:

  • Missing just a few days here and there can contribute to elementary students falling behind in reading, writing and math. For example, four out of five students who miss two days per month, or 10 percent, of kindergarten and first grade are unable to read on-level by the third grade. 
  • By the sixth-grade, excessive absenteeism is a warning sign of a student not graduating from high school.
  • Last year, 7,111 of Canyons District’s students—21 percent—were chronically absent, or missed at least 10 percent of the school year.22% of students at Draper Elementary were absent more than 10% the first term of this school year. 
  • Hitting the 10 percent mark is easier to do than it sounds. That’s the equivalent of skipping just one day every other week. A bout with the flu, a midday doctor’s appointment, and extended family vacation can easily put a student over the threshold for the semester.
What can parents do? We understand that life sometimes gets in the way. There will always be unforeseen illnesses and family emergencies—even rare special occasions—that pull kids from school. But children take cues from their parents, and it’s important to let them know that in school, work and life, showing up is important. It really comes down to establishing a daily routine, and reinforcing for your children how much you value an education.

Attendance Tips for Parents

·         Let your children know that you think showing up for school every day is important.

·         Take an interest in your child’s school work and be involved in school activities.

·         Post the school calendar somewhere prominently in the home.

·         Establish a routine and healthy school-night habits, such as getting to bed early and reading before bed, instead of watching TV.

·         Set the morning alarm early enough to provide students ample time to get dressed and eat breakfast.

·         Support your children in getting to school on time: Give them a ride if they’re running late or they miss the bus, or arrange to carpool with other families.

·         Try to schedule doctor and dental appointments after school.