Attendance is Important for success at Owsley County High School!
Students usually begin each new school year with excitement and enthusiasm even if they don’t show it to adults. The anticipation of new classes, new friendships, and renewing old friendships provides real motivation for daily attendance at school during those first few weeks.
Unfortunately, after a brief time some students, particularly those at the
middle and high school levels and those who don’t do well in school, become
careless about regular attendance. Missing a few classes seems
inconsequential to them. Sometimes it seems insignificant to parents as well.
School officials, charged with the responsibility of enforcing compulsory
attendance laws, are sometimes faced with parents who are unaware of their
child’s absence from school or, worse, who are aware but quite willing to make
excuses for the absence.
There are several reasons why regular attendance at school is
important for every student. First, it is difficult for young people to learn if
they’re not in class. The teaching/learning process builds upon itself: Each
lesson presented to students is based upon or related to those that preceded
it. Just as we can never regain a moment of time wasted, the child who
misses a day of school also misses a day of education which cannot be
retrieved. Indeed, research shows that those children who attend school
regularly are more likely to be successful during their school years.
Success after graduation is a second reason for regular school
attendance. If young people don’t develop the habits of good attendance and prompt completion of assignments while they’re in school, when will they learn these things? Their success as adults in their chosen occupations is dependent upon these habits.
From experience, most teachers know that students’ success in their
school years is directly related to the importance that parents attach to
education. If parents believe and act as if the child’s education is important, the
child will most likely believe it too. So it is with regular attendance at school.
Young people should attend school every day, unless an illness or emergency prevents them from doing so. Parents who have questions about their child’s attendance will find teachers and administrators more than willing to work with them.