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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Every child between the ages of 5 and 18 residing in Baltimore County is required to attend school regularly during the entire school year.  

Regular school attendance has a huge impact on a student's academic success.  It is the key factor affecting high school graduation rates and college and career readiness.  

Research shows that students who regularly attend school regularly are more likely to read on grade-level, are less likely to drop out of school, and are more likely to graduate on time.  

Even as children grow older and more independent, parents play a key role in making sure students get to school every day, on time; thus helping their child understand  why attendance is so important to success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health concerns or other circumstances; however, research tells us that, regardless of the reason, excessive absences cause children to fall behind their peers academically. 

Absences can add up quickly.  This school year, please ensure your child attends school every day and arrives on time.  Here are a few practical tips to help support your child's regular attendance:

1. Make sure your child adheres to a regular bedtime.
2. Establish a morning routine.
3. Lay-out clothes and pack backpacks the night before school.
4. Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor's appointments while school is in session.
5. Talk to teachers or counselors for advice if your child feels anxious about attending school.
6. Develop back-up plans for getting to school if unexpected emergencies arise.
7. Ensure your child goes to school unless they are truly sick.
8. If your child is absent, please remember to send in a written noting the date and reason for the absence.