Kristi and I are both moms to elementary age children. We understand that children don’t like to get up early and come to school. As parents it can be easy to give in to a child’s plea to stay home. When children are sick, they definitely need to stay home. Encouraging regular school attendance students is one of the best things you can do to prepare your child for success.
According to Attendance Works, attending school on a regular basis helps children feel better about school and about themselves. It is a great habit that is important for students to learn early. Students who often miss school feel behind or even out of the loop. This negative feeling can cause students to want to stay home even more, causing them to feel even further behind.
To help encourage your child, build a regular routine as much as possible. We are moms too! We understand that children are busy with activities, and many parents have schedules that are not the same each week. Staying on a routine as much as possible, it a great way to set your child up for success in school.
When children are truly sick they do need to stay home. Our nurse sees many students with stomach aches and headaches daily. Remember, these two things can be signs of anxiety. When you child is begging to stay home or pretending to be sick, talk with your child. Something may be happening at school that is causing anxiety.
The counselors here at Evans are here to help your child. If your child is anxious about situations at school or home, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to talk with your child and work on some strategies to help your child work through his/her anxiety.
For more information on the importance of regular attendance and what you can do as a parent, please visit www.attendanceworks.org. Click the handout that represents your child's grade level (elementary or middle/high school).