Attendance

Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves.

Did you know?

  • Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.  
Graphic showing that students have 2 absences per month over 9 months of school are less likely to graduate from high school
Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

FCPS expects students to be in school and follow their assigned schedules unless their absence is excused due to illness, a death in the family, a medical or dental appointment, or religious obligations.

Local Data

  • 8.7% of youth survey respondents report skipping at least one day of school during the month of October, 2015.  
  • 3.2% of youth survey respondents report skipping 3 or more days of school during the month of October, 2015.  

    The Fairfax County Youth Survey was administered in November of 2015 to 33,276 students in grades 8, 10, and 12.

Check Your Child's Attendance

Parents can log into the Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account to view your child's attendance. For additional support with accessing and using the SIS Parent Account visit our SIS Parent Account overview page.

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