• The Jefferson City School District is placing a renewed emphasis on the importance of student attendance with the launch of an “Every Day Counts” campaign.

    Regular attendance is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to thrive. 

    Research shows that students who are chronically absent (missing 10 percent or more of the school year, or the equivalent of 16 days over an entire year) are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school, and graduate from high school.

    We all prosper when the youth of our community have the opportunity to gain skills and abilities to prepare them for success in school, work, and life.

    Here are some helpful tips for achieving regular attendance at school:

    • Develop a regular bedtime and morning routine for your student;

    • Prepare for school the night before by planning for meals, picking out clothes, and packing your student’s backpack;

    • Make sure your student’s homework is completed the night before so it can be turned in on time;

    • Encourage regular attendance by only letting your child stay home if they are sick;

    • Know the Start & End Times for your student’s school;

    • Know your student’s transportation plan (pick-up and drop-off times for car riders and bus stop times for bus riders);

    • Designate a family member, friend, or other parent to provide your student back-up transportation for unexpected situations;

    • Only school activities (field trips, sports, clubs) count as present. All other missed instructional time results in an absence;

    • Monitor your student’s attendance daily on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal;

    Most importantly – get to know the team at your student’s school. Principals, teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers, and so many others – we are all here to help!

    As the parent/guardian of a JC Schools student, you are an essential piece to ensuring your student is able to be successful at school. Our schools want to work with you to overcome any barriers to attendance.

    Thank you for your partnership and support in recognizing that “Every Day Counts” at JC Schools!

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