Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

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.

How Families Can Help

Make School Attendance a Priority

Help Your Student Stay Engaged

Communicate with the School

  • Report Future Absences
    If parents are aware of a future absence, such as a full day absence for a civic engagement activity (middle or high school) or cultural observance, they may contact the school to report the absence and related date. Extended absences, typically for hardship reasons, must be documented and submitted to the school principal at least three to five school days in advance for review and action.
    Elementary Prearranged Absence Form | Secondary Prearranged Absence Form

How Staff Can Help

Attendance support resources for FCPS staff are available on the Attendance Employee Hub site (requires staff login)
 

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.