School attendance has been difficult by COVID in the last year and a half, but it has not stopped becoming an vital component of the plan for academic results throughout Licking County.
Even when we’ve been working with on the internet education, logging in and taking part in course things to do is attendance in a useful and legal perception. Yes, a university student can be truant by not logging in!
Now that coronavirus circumstance counts are declining and quarantine policies are changing, it is amazingly significant that everyone in our county’s college districts — college students, household users, the neighborhood as a entire — supports #SchoolEveryDay. Attendance is critical to academic development. Students who pass up 10% of course time, just 18 days in the faculty calendar year, are twice as very likely to working experience challenges in keeping up with classmates, mastering materials staying introduced in course, and finally in their graduation charges: even when absence is excused, missing course time can put a pupil driving.
Getting out of the pattern of standard attendance is the kind of matter that can sneak up on you. This is why point out legislation needs faculties to notify scholar households about what is known as “excessive absence,” even when most or even all of the absences have been excused. Some families are baffled by an “excessive absence” letter when they know the required clinical notes or other provision for absence has been submitted in a timely vogue with the college business, but it’s just to keep houses in the loop of tracking frequent attendance.
But unexcused absence is what provides up to opportunity truant position, and “habitual truancy” is a really various matter than “excessive absence.” Truancy, or a sizeable volume of unexcused absence, is generally motive for problem, and will cause the college setting up, the district, even the county juvenile court docket to engage with the university student and family members, all with the aim of resolving troubles and finding the pupil back again into regular attendance.
Our complete community, from grandparents and other family members, to close friends and neighbors, can enable our younger learners thrive by speaking up in favor of frequent, reliable attendance. Missing times “here and there” provides up a lot quicker than several realize, and learners are generally unwilling to acknowledge they’re anxious about falling guiding. We’ve all had to get applied to getting out of faculty far more than has been the scenario in the previous, and it’s time for us to remind each and every other than when you can and really should be in school, it is essential to get up and get there.
As your county attendance officer, doing work closely with constructing directors and secretaries, as perfectly as with the juvenile courtroom and prosecutor’s place of work, our aim throughout the instructional procedure is basically this: #SchoolEveryDay. If school is in session and the student is balanced, it is so important that they go to so they can study and improve, and in thanks time graduate. That is the aim we have for all our college students, and it is a aim any of us in Licking County can support with. Thank you for talking up on behalf of standard faculty attendance!
Jeff Gill is the county attendance officer for the Licking County Academic Service Centre.