Attendance tips for Parents

  • Even with your best efforts, your child may miss some days of school for important reasons.  Attendance laws are designed to make sure that those missed days don’t interfere with progress and earned credit.  Parents, it is very important that you stay in constant communication with your child’s school. This way, students can receive all the support and resources made available to promote present-day and future success.

    Attendance Tips for Parents

    • Praise your child when they exhibit good attendance and promptness.
    • Establish routines. Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning by preparing lunches, school bags, and outfits the night before.
    • Establish an alternate plan for who can help get you to get your child to school when something comes up.
    • Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.
    • When scheduling appointments with health care providers, choose a time that will allow your child to begin or end their day at school.  A student who has an appointment with a health care provider but attends school for a part of that same day or class will receive credit for attending the whole day or class.
    • Switch between morning and afternoon appointments so that your child does not miss the same class all the time.
    • When your child is absent, work with teachers to provide your child with opportunities to learn and make up their work.
    • Follow district policy for reporting absences and submitting absence documentation within 3 school days of your child's return to school. 
    • Notify the school if your family runs into personal setbacks (car trouble, loss of income, divorce, family illness, etc.) or anything that will affect how your family functions. The campus can support you by connecting you to helpful resources.
    • Consistently talk to your child about why going to school every day is important.  Help your child get excited about going to school.
    • Monitor your child’s attendance through GPISD Skyward Family Access.

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