• Attendance Policy

    Missing School Matters:  Don’t Jeopardize Your Child’s Future

    It may not seem like a big deal…

    Maybe a child with allergies stay homes a couple of days a month. Or maybe a family wants to take a winter vacation and the parents figure it’s no big deal for the kids to miss a couple of weeks of class.

    But it is a big deal. Students who miss just two days of school a month-18 days in the 180 day school year- may struggle throughout their school years and into their adult lives.

    Studies find that students who miss just 10 percent or more of the school year suffer serious academic consequences:

    • Kindergartners who miss a lot of school have academic problems throughout elementary school
    • By third grade, children who are frequently absent score lower on standardized tests than their peers.
    • Middle and high school students who miss a lot of school are less likely to graduate than their peers.

    Whether a student is cutting classes without his or her parents’ knowledge or on a family vacation, missing school can affect his or her academic performance.  And while no one wants a feverish child to come to school, children shouldn’t be kept home for insignificant reasons.

    Chronic absence occurs in all income levels, all age groups and all parts of the country.  It has a significantly more profound effect on a student’s achievement than his or her family’s income level.

    Parents can do something about chronic absenteeism, they can:

    • Teach you child that you won’t negotiate about school attendance.
    • Get each day’s lessons to make sure that a child who has stayed home because of illness does not fall behind
    • Schedule routine doctor and dentist checkups and vacations during school breaks.
    • Be sure your child goes to school starting on the first day of the school year.
    • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, has a healthy breakfast and arrives for school on time every day.

    If your child must be absent Haverhill Public Schools requires that you call your child in absent prior to the start of the school day. If you do not call your student in absent we will make every attempt to contact you by phone or at home to ensure the wellbeing of your child. 

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