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Keys to a Great School Year

Attendance Matters Over the Summer

  • Take your child to the dentist and doctor for a yearly checkup.
  • Make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date.
  • Visit the library weekly.

Attendance Matters By August

  • Make sure your child is enrolled in school for the fall.
  • Make sure your child’s information AND parent or family information is up-to-date with your child’s school.
  • Have all the proper, up-to-date documents needed to register your child for school.
  • Fulfill your child’s back-to-school supply list. If you don’t have a copy, contact your child’s school for one or view it online by visiting
  • Attend your child’s back-to-school event.

Attendance Matters The First of the School Year

  • Make sure parent or family contact information is up-to-date with your child’s school.
  • Put up your child’s school calendar in the home where everyone can see it.
  • Help your child set goals for good grades this school year.

Attendance Matters Every School Morning during the School Year

  • Get your child up in time to have breakfast at home or at school.
  • Get to school early.
  • Give your child their own alarm clock and help them use it.

Attendance Matters After School during the School Year

  • Ask your child about their day and check for notes from school.
  • Review the day’s homework assignments.
  • Make sure there is enough time and a comfortable working space for your child to complete their homework at home.

Attendance Matters Every Nine Weeks

  • Check your child’s report card for grades and attendance. Good attendance is less than two days missed every nine weeks.
  • Praise your child when he or she has shown academic growth.

Attendance Matters During the School Year

  • Attend school events with your child.
  • Join the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • Get to know your child’s teachers and school administrators.
  • Ask for help when you and your child need it.
  • Praise your child for working hard and learning!