• Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
• Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.

When Do Absences Become a Problem?
18 or more days per year
10 to 17 days
9 or fewer absences
Note: These numbers assume
a 180-day school year.

• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Keep your child healthy and make sure your child has the required
• Introduce your children to their teachers and classmates before
school starts.
• Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up.
Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
• Try to schedule non-Covid-19 related medical appointments and
extended trips when school isn't in session.
• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers,
school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make
your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
• If you are concerned that your child may have Covid-19, call your
school for advice.
• If your child must stay home due to illness or quarantine, ask the
teacher for resources and ideas to continue learning at ho