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Steve M. Tietjen, Ed.D | County Superintendent of Schools

Attendance Matters

Merced County Office of Education
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What you should know

Two missed days a month adds up to being a half a year behind by the time your child reaches 4th grade. And once a child falls behind, they rarely catch up.​​​​

Facts related to attendance

  • We are building leaders of tomorrow! 
  • Parents and guardians strongly influence a child’s attendance patterns...make school the priority! 
  • Children’s absence patterns are established as early as kindergarten. 
  • Children’s older siblings frequently set attendance patterns in a family. 
  • Students who eat breakfast have improved concentration and miss fewer days of school.​

Parents make a difference!

  • Help your child stay engaged Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school. 
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you. 
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated. 
  • Encourage meaningful after-school activities, including sports and clubs.​

Attendance Engagement Program

For more information, download the brochure below.​ 

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