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.
GRPS’ Strive for Less than 5! campaign recognizes that, as parents, YOU are the person your child will look to to promote good attendance. Like parents and caretakers before you, you have the day-to-day responsibility to make sure your children enter their distance learning classrooms, on time, every day.
Before families and schools can form a partnership to Strive for Less than 5!, it helps to understand the things that lead to poor attendance. Here are some situations that might cause your student anxiety and make them want to avoid school:
- Academic or social struggles
- Too much or not enough discipline, or an unsafe school environment
- Parents had a negative school experience
Just as your student might face anxiety around attending school, their attendance might also suffer because of disengagement. Here’s why:
- Classroom lessons are not engaging to the student, or don’t seem relevant to their lives
- Student hasn’t formed meaningful relationships with adults in their school
- Student enjoys being with peers outside of school more than they enjoy being with them in school
Knowledge is power! Now that you know some of the reasons that may stop your child(ren) from achieving their attendance goal of fewer than 5 days missed per year, refer to the Student Attendance Success Plan. This tool will encourage your family to think about your backup plans for getting to school even when challenges come up.