The end of summer is a bittersweet time as our schedules begin to change once again. From school shopping to early bedtimes and healthy lunches every parent wants to support their child as they send them off to school. One of the simplest and most important ways you can do this is to ensure your child is at school on time everyday! Some of the most common reasons for missing school include routine doctor’s appointments, family trips, student anxiety, and complex family schedules.
Did you know that when a child arrives late to school, they often miss the most crucial portion of the school day? Teachers actively engage in community building, sharing of the schedule for the day and individual check-ins during the first 30 minutes of the day. Your child’s confidence and sense of belonging depend on a timely arrival in order to calmly begin their day with their classmates and be prepared to maximize his or her learning.
When a child misses school for any reason, there is no way to make up for the missed instructional time with our highly skilled classroom teachers. Every moment of the day is carefully organized as part of an extensive plan to provide your child a rigorous and relevant education. Your child may be able to make up the work, but the learning through collaboration, discussion and varied perspectives cannot be recouped.
If your child is experiencing anxiety and resists coming to school, we are here to help! We have a team of teachers, counselors and experts who understand the underlying issues that may cause a child to be anxious about coming to school. As educators, we have seen these issues before and have a myriad of tools and supports that can help your child look forward to his or her time at school. Please reach out to us, we are partners with you in educating your child.
There are, of course, very real and important reasons for absences, such as serious illness or family emergencies. Please keep your child home if he or she is vomiting or has had a fever in the last 24 hours. However, scheduling routine doctor’s appointments and family vacations during school holidays is possible with a little planning. Check out our school calendar and take advantage of our minimum days, holidays and long breaks to schedule these important experiences.
If timing is an issue for your family, get organized! Even a young child is capable of setting an alarm, getting dressed and even making breakfast with a little training and planning. This teaches responsibility and self-agency, preparing them for success as they grow.
Just like early bedtimes and new shoes, being at school on time everyday is one easy way you can help your child be successful all throughout the school day.
I am enthusiastic about joining the team at here as Madison’s new principal. The next time you’re at Madison, please stop by to introduce yourself to me! It's a great day to be a Comet!
Dr. Heather Cash