Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Learn how to encourage regular school attendance

FCPS is updating the attendance reporting process beginning at the start of the 2024-25 school year.  Parents and caregivers will have the option to report absences directly through ParentVUE starting the first day of school, August 19, 2024. This new feature aims to streamline the attendance reporting process and enhance communication between parents and schools. This change will make it more convenient for parents and schools to manage students' attendance while ensuring the highest level of security.

The current attendance forms will be discontinued at the end of the 2023-24 school year. A new link for parents and caregivers to submit attendance via ParentVUE will be shared with schools closer to the start of the school year. Parents and caregivers can still report absences and tardies by calling the school or sending an e-mail to the attendance line.

We appreciate your help during this transition and are here to assist you with any questions or concerns

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.

Four students smiling; Green, yellow, and red indicators for when absences become an issue.
When do absences become an issue?  Satisfactory, 9 or fewer days; Warning Signs, 10 to 17 days; Chronic Absence, 18 or more days.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! "We All Belong"

The video below is also available in the following languages: Spanish and Korean.

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)

Understanding the FCPS School Calendar. Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The video below is also available in the following languages: Spanish and Korean.

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. 

Attendance Policies

In Virginia, all students aged five (5) through eighteen (18) are required to attend school regularly. FCPS must record student attendance every day school is in session.