GRPS Leads Nation with Campaign
GRPS’ innovative Strive for Less than 5! attendance campaign has been featured in a U.S. Department of Education webinar, NPR’s All Things Considered, and the website of national education consultant Attendance Works.
Strive for Less than 5!
Parents and Caregivers have the day-to-day responsibility to make sure their children enter the distance learning classrooms, on time, every single day.
Parents and Caregivers are responsible for promoting good attendance.
Before families and schools can form a partnership to Strive for Less than 5!, they should understand factors that lead to poor attendance.
- Academic or social struggles.
- Too much or not enough discipline.
- Unsafe school environment.
- Parents had a negative school experience.
- Lack of engaging classroom lessons.
- Lack of meaningful adult/student relationships.
- Student enjoys being with peers outside of school rather than in school.
A child’s attendance might also suffer due to classroom disengagement. Disengagement occurs when students have largely given up on school. They invest very little effort in their schoolwork, and sometimes none at all. Self-sabotage happens when students engage in behaviors like procrastination so they can use this as an excuse if they do not perform well.
Classroom Disengagement can be Caused by:
- Lack of engaging learning materials and lessons.
- Lack of strong, meaningful relationships with teachers.
- Students desire to engage with peers outside of the classroom rather than inside.
Knowledge is Power!
Please check out the GRPS Student Attendance Success Plan.
The campaign highlights several points include these five:
- Missing more than 5 days of kindergarten makes learning to read harder.
- Missing more than five days any year hurts learning and lowers test scores.
- Students who miss more than 10 percent of school are more likely to drop out.
- Being late to school or leaving early leads to poor attendance.
- Absences affect everyone when teachers have to help students catch up.