Attendance

School Attendance is of utmost importance. It goes hand in hand with the achievement of the student. Although this requirement has been relaxed somewhat due to the adoption of new technology like ELearning and the encouragement of creativity where rules may not be as rigid, attendance is critical in instilling discipline in the student and actually improving the academic results of the student. Indeed, attendance provides the opportunity for the teachers and the otherwise absent students to engage with each other and their parents and for the teachers to care and deal with the students' problems. It looks like a no brainer and it is true that globally, chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Students and parents should take school attendance seriously. Studies in the U.S. show that absenteeism in the first month of school often result in poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2 to 4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.

Low income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.

When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

All schools expect students to attend school every day where classes are provided. The only reasons for non attendance are medical and genuine emergencies. Schools usually provide interesting and relevant programs to ignite the passion for learning in their students and they can only benefit by being punctual and participating in these programs All students are expected to be present and to attend lessons during term time, and all other school activities that have been planned for them.

Parents should take note of the dates in their academic school year and plan their holidays accordingly.

A student’s attendance and punctuality are recorded in his or her academic report as the number of school days present, excused absence, unexcused absence and instances of late coming. Excused absence should only include medical leave certified by a registered local doctor, urgent medical or dental appointments, external examinations, court proceedings, death in family and other leave of absence approved by the Principals.

If a student is unwell, he or she should see a doctor and obtain a medical certificate to validate her absence from school on that day. All documents to validate a student’s absence from school must be submitted to the class teacher immediately, once the student returns to school.

It is the responsibility of a student to be disciplined and come to school every day. Each student is required to tap in to their phone with their unique QR code register his or her attendance at the attendance kiosk upon arrival in school every morning, and to tap out when he or she leaves. We expect each student to display integrity and personal accountability in registering her own attendance in school every day.

There will be serious consequences for misuse of registering attendance are:

  • 1st offense: Parents informed of student’s offense.
  • 2nd offense: Conduct recorded in Report book
  • 3rd offense: Conduct recorded in testimonial

Parents may be notified our system once the student absents himself or herself. If they discover that his or her child has absented, they should call the school office at least within one hour after the school opening notify the school of the student’s absence. Failure to notify or validate absence upon return to school may be treated as truancy and appropriate consequences will be meted out. Truancy is thus defined as:

  • Unreported absence
  • Absence without valid reason
  • Not attending classes or scheduled activities in school (including remedial, enrichment lessons and other programs)

In the worst case scenario where the student is chronically absent from school, he or she will be expelled.

Summary

The benefits of good attendance

Benefits of daily attendance

By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and take quizzes and tests on time.

There are other benefits as well:

  • Achievement: Students who attend school regularly usually perform better and achieve better academic results, particularly in reading and math assessments than students who do not attend school regularly.
  • Opportunity: Attendance in school actually help the educators to engage better with the students and take care of the students and counsel the students should they be facing any difficulties, whether it is domestic or academic. For the students, it gives them to change to learn more about their schools and take advantage of the various programs, whether academic or extra curricular, to improve themselves academically.
  • Discipline: By attending class and school consistently, it instills discipline in the student, a key feature in the school learning process that prepares the student for life as he or she grows up to be an adult.
  • Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, the student is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
  • The importance of education: Commitment to school attendance will also send a message to the child that education is a top priority for the family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it's important to take your responsibilities seriously — including going to school.

 

The Attendance Process
  • Students will be given a unique QR code generated by the Class Attendance system.
  • The student will scan the code at the class door or school assembly hall to register his or her attendance.
  • At the end of the day, the student will record his or her attendance by scanning the code again.
  • The system will record the student's attendance daily and send it to the School Management System.
  • Parents should take action and contact the school in the event that the parent is notified by the system of the child's absence.
Actions taken due to poor attendance

There will be serious consequences for misuse of registering attendance are:

  • 1st offense: Parents informed of student’s offense.
  • 2nd offense: Conduct recorded in Report book
  • 3rd offense: Conduct recorded in testimonial

In the worst case scenario where the student is chronically absent from school, he or she will be expelled.

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