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THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

It is an absolute necessity that students attend school on a regular basis. Studies originating from a variety of sources indicate that there is a direct correlation between education and income. If your child's success in life is important to you, it is critical that he/she gets a good basic education. This can only occur if regular school attendance is maintained from Kindergarten through 12th grade (13 years of schooling). The following chart is an example of possible education days versus actual education days for students who are frequently absent, based on 13 years of education with 180 days of instruction per year.

Possible Days
Actual Days
Attendance Rate
Days Missed in 13 Years
Average Days Missed per Year
Education Loss
2340
2340
100%
0
0
0
2340
2317
99%
23
2
Negligible
2340
2223
95%
117
9
2/3 of a year
2340
2106
90%
234
18
1 1/3 years
2340
1755
75%
585
45
3 1/4 years
2340
1170
50%
1170
90
6 1/2 years

Students who miss 10% or more actually lose more than time. They lose out on skill development, practice, and standards mastery, which can impede their ability to pass the California High School Exit Exam. Students who regularly miss school, miss out on what other students in their classes are getting. They begin to feel that they will never catch up, so why should they try?

Regular attendance does not guarantee success, perfect scores, high grades, or a high school diploma, but it does give students the best possible chance. In this life, basic skills are offered "free" only once. The failure to take advantage of a free public education when it is available is very costly. Don't cheat you children or yourself. See to it that you get your money's worth the first time around. Promote education in your home and see to it that the leaders of tomorrow - your children - are the best this world has to offer. You are the first and most important teacher in your children's lives. Please teach them the value of learning.

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