Every Day Counts

Every Day Counts: Why School Attendance Matters
Every Day Counts in Portsmouth Public Schools! 

Students who attend school consistently can experience academic success.


Families and community members, we need YOUR help getting children to school on a regular basis.

#EveryDayCounts




Facts About School Attendance (From attendanceworks.org)

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

 

  • Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. 

     

  • 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. 

     

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

     

  • 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. 

     

  • Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty 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.