From online to hybrid to “normal”
This fall, as we prepare to return to school in as “normal” a fashion as possible, students and families should be aware that following this pandemic year of online and hybrid classes, attending school each and every day may feel like a bit of a challenge. But being in class is critical to avoiding chronic absenteeism.
According to Attendance Works, a “chronic absence” means missing 10% or more of school days due to absence for any reason. Ten percent is just two days of school missed per month, and the learning loss associated with that can add up quickly.
Starting strong in September is key. In fact, absenteeism in the first month of school is a predictor of poor attendance throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss two to four days of school in September go on to miss nearly a month of school by the end of the school year.
Attending School Every Day Matters!
Poor attendance can influence whether students can read proficiently by the end of third grade. By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
The first day of school here in Bethel is September 7, 2021.
You can always find the up-to-date student calendar on our webpage: bethelsd.org