Attendance Week Recognizes Importance of Being in Class

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 11:40 AM

Good attendance helps ensure students are successful in school and later in life.

That message from the South Shore Regional Centre for Education.

Attendance Awareness Week was recently held across the region.

Attendance Support Worker, Norah Knickle, says when students miss school, they miss critical learning time.

"For instance in the elementary years from primary to grade two, we know when students miss time that their reading and math scores can be affected which can affect their overall learning later on."

Class discussions, demonstrations, group work, and hands on activities are among the most effective ways for students to learn.

Knickle says absences signal a student may be losing interest in school and they have resources to help.

"Resources like SchoolsPlus, your school councillor, mental health, maybe there needs to be a doctors appointment or maybe there needs to be support with a cab coming to school because back road closure plans are a problem for some families."

Students should miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.

Knickle encourages people to reach out to administrators or herself if there is an issue or they need support getting a child to school.

Reported by: Nick Yorston
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