A Great New Year’s Resolution…Improving Attendance
Every Day Does Count!
Research supports that students who attend school on a regular basis learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. Parents who make school attendance a priority also help their children learn responsibility, which is an important life skill to teach them. Children who develop good attendance habits in the early grades will be more likely to carry them throughout their school career.
Students who are frequently absent or tardy from school miss out on active learning experiences and class participation. They miss out on instruction and opportunities to ask questions. They are more likely to fall behind in school and to drop out.
As the New Semester Approaches…
Please keep in mind The Villages Charter School’s attendance policy. The new semester begins on January 12, 2015 and will carry through to the end of the school year. Students with any combination of 10 absences (excused or unexcused), tardies (excused or unexcused), or early check-outs (excused or unexcused) within the semester are considered to be excessively truant and an Attendance Review Committee will convene. The committee’s decision may result in the initiation of an Attendance Contract. Non-compliance with the specifications of the Attendance Contract will result in dismissal from The Villages Charter School.
What Parents Can Do…
1) Let your child know that you expect him/her to attend school every day. Explain that, just as you have a job, it’s his/her job to go to school to learn.
2) Set a time to do homework each evening and a time for going to bed. Unfinished homework and too little sleep are common reasons why parents hear the words, “I don’t feel good,” on school mornings.
3) Get involved with your child’s school. When he/she sees you in the halls or in the classroom, he/she will have a better understanding for the importance of school.
4) Keep the school informed regarding the reason for your child’s absence, tardy, and/or early check-out. A note (parent’s note, doctor’s statement, subpoena, etc.) is required for any absence to receive an excused status.
Please contact Tanya Brodeur, our Data Entry Clerk, or myself regarding any attendance issues or questions that you may have for your child. I can be contacted through email at Renee.Flaxmayer@tvcs.org or by calling the school at 352-259-2300.
Mrs. Renée Flaxmayer