Sunday, November 20, 2016

Highest Class Attendance

A bulletin board from the first floor hallway lists students with perfect attendance and classes with high attendance.
Congratulations to the following classes who have achieved the highest class attendance for the month of October!

K020 (Ms. Fernandez) - 94.9%
Class 101 (Ms. Pinales) - 94.8%
Class 202 (Ms. Miller) - 96%
Class 302 (Ms. Hodge) - 96.7%
Class 402 (Dr. Thomas) - 96.8% *Highest attendance in the school!
Class 520 (Ms. D. Cabral) - 95.2%
Class 504 (Ms. Marmolejos & Mr. Rosario) - 95.2% 

Excellent attendance is a crucial requirement for doing well in school--and life! We know that a student may be absent for illness, emergencies, or for religious observance, but the goal is for every student to be in school every day.

Did you know that a student who has 90% attendance is missing one month of instruction?  A student with less than 90% attendance is considered chronically absent.  Here's a list from the NYC Department of Education, that may be helpful:
  • Attendance is a required, legal record of whether a student was in school or not.
  • Absences may be excused--but are not eliminated--for religious observance, illness, or other reasons defined at each school.
  • Attendance can be part of academic plans and grading policy but cannot be a sole factor in determining grades or promotion.
  • The school must have a practical mechanism to notify parents when students are absent or late.
  • The school must examine attendance, lateness and early departure data and develop effective intervention strategies to improve school attendance.
  • Families are advised to schedule trips and vacations when school is not in session to minimize interruption in schoolwork that may impact academic progress.
To learn more facts from the DOE about attendance and read tips for managing common reasons for absences, click here or contact the main office.

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