All Day, Every Day!
Todo el día cada día!
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, in partnership with the Wyoming Police Department, wants its students, your child, in school - All Day, Every Day! - to ensure they get the best education they deserve.
When a student is chronically absent from school, or tardy, everyone is affected: the student, the parents, the school, and the community!
Some SUGGESTIONS for parents to help their child maintain or return to regular attendance at their school are:
FOCUS ON STUDENT GOALS:
What does he/she want to get from his/her school experience?
What makes this difficult? What makes it easier?
ENCOURAGE SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT:
Encourage your child to attend school regularly, and to be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity at school.
BE INVOLVED WITH YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION:
Visit your child’s school and get to know the staff. Be familiar with the school absentee policy and explain the policies to your child. Parents and school staff must work together as a team to help kids maintain regular school attendance.
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL SETTINGS:
If your child’s goals cannot be reached in their current school environment, have the school identify ideas for alternative settings for the student’s learning.
IDENTIFY SPECIAL NEEDS:
Consult with your school personnel to determine if your student might have a specific learning or behavior disability interfering with learning.
REMEMBER, THE SCHOOL IS HERE TO HELP:
Many factors affect the child’s ability to get to school on time. If there are problems that are keeping your child out of school, the school may be able to help. Schools have access to a large number of resources to help you maintain your child’s regular school attendance.
We cannot do it without your help!
Please work with us to get them to school and keep them at school.
Their future depends on it.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to support this endeavor. For more information please contact: Dr. Gina Kuyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facts About Truancy
Did you know?
-For elementary school children, grades K–3, chronic early absence of 20 or more days is associated with poor achievement, delinquency, substance abuse, and school dropout. For urban, low-income students in elementary school, each additional day absent from school [beyond 20] correlates with a 7 percent lower probability of graduating from high school.
- For urban, low-income students in elementary school, each additional day absent from school correlates with a 7 percent lower probability of graduating from high school.
- When youth are absent from school, there is increased opportunity for them to engage in high-risk behaviors. The incidence of crime by youth ages 10–17 during the 2004–05 school year was 26 percent higher during school hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) than out of school hours (M–F, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.), and crimes against youth are 13 percent higher.
- Research has shown that truancy is related to delinquency, substance use and abuse, high school dropout, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and early sexual intercourse.
-High truancy and absence rates affect the achievement of schools overall, slowing the rate of instruction, which harms all students.
- There is a clear link between truancy and substance use. Fourteen-year-olds who skip occasional classes are four times as likely to start using marijuana as those who never skip. Chronic truants (more than 9 days) are 16 times as likely.
- Truancy is not only the most significant risk factor for predicting first time marijuana use, it predicts 97 percent of first time drug use. The greater number of days truant, the greater the drug use.
- Delinquent behavior is associated with self-reports of truancy. Students who admitted to occasional or chronic truancy were, respectively, four and 12 times as likely as nonskippers to report having committed a serious assault, about five and 21 times as likely to report having committed a serious property crime, and two and seven times as likely to report having been arrested. The truancy–delinquency connection appears to be particularly acute among males.
- A link has been shown between truancy and later problems in marriage, in jobs, and with violence, adult criminality, and incarceration.
- After looking at the estimated per incident costs associated with juvenile delinquency, researchers conclude that school failure is so costly that neither the court nor the truancy reduction programs have to be widely successful in order to achieve a positive payback over time. Estimates suggest that even the most expensive truancy reduction program, if it graduates one additional truant out of 115, will break even in cost–benefit terms.
Information taken from the Truancy Literature Review, Prepared for U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Prepared by Martha Yeide & Kobrin, Development Services Group, Inc.
-October 15, 2009
For more information or help on how to get and keep your child in school contact Godfrey-Lee Schools at 616-234-5678.