Before children can receive instruction and develop skills, they have to get to school everyday. Families have a vital role in supporting their children's consistent attendance in school. Schools and families can develop partnerships to help students to stay focused on good attendance and strong academic performance.
Follow your child's school attendance:
Sign up for ARIS Parent Link
at your child's school (they will give you your student's ID number and password). You have direct access to your child's attendance records.
Daily school-wide attendance
is posted each day for all schools at 4:00 pm.
There are also statistical reports available on attendance by borough, grade and year: Historical attendance data (month by month)
Do you have questions about how to help a student maintain good attendance?
Visit the SchoolEveryDay webpage.
to see a video with tips for parents.
Know the school calendar and plan trips, vacations and appointments that do not interfere with attendance.
Keep children healthy and ready to learn.
Visit the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Health page for links to Child Wellness, as well as asthma management .
Visit the DOE School Health pages for information on immunizations, school-based health services and links to general health programs and benefits available to all New Yorkers.
School-based health centers provide quality medical care free of charge to students regardless of insurance or immigration status. You can find a list of all the centers and eligibility information.
Find out about mental health services for students with emotional or behavioral issues. The Citywide Mental Health & Social Services for NYC Youth flyer has hotlines and contacts for a range of services.
Keep kids engaged in school.
Ask your children about their interests and ask their schools about after school activities they might enjoy.
See the range of services, from guidance to to arts to after school activities, provided by DOE under Student Support, Safety & Activities .
Call 800-246-4646 to ask about other after school programs, services and job opportunities for young people and browse the programs at DYCD Youth Connect Hotline .
Work out travel concerns.
Help your children set and follow morning routines to get to school on time.
Visit the Office of Pupil Transportation for school bus routes and eligibility for student MetroCards.
Find the best commute by public transportation with hopstop.com or tripplanner.mta.info .
Partner with the school.
Search for your child's school and find contact information for the Parent Coordinator, Parent Association President, or Borough Family Engagement Officer on the school web portal.
Get help with school work.
Ask for an ARIS Parent Link password, so you can view your child's attendance and academic performance on any computer.
Every absence counts but know what the school considers an "excused" absence or lateness. Ask for school policies on absences, latenesses and early dismissal. Know what you need to do if your child is going to be late, or has to leave school early.
Ask for a schedule of Parent Association meetings.
Be prepared for parent-teacher conferences . Ask the teacher about your child's attendance.
Ask for a report card distribution schedule.
You may also:
- Ask the school counselor to set up a "contract" for your child, with goals for attendance, rewards and consequences. The contract may include Daily Progress Report forms for each teacher to complete.
- Ask about setting up a weekly time to touch base with the parent coordinator or school counselor to get information about daily and period attendance for the prior week.
- Ask about providing your child with at-risk school counseling services, or a school or after school program mentor.
Students who are behind in their schoolwork are often more likely to skip school. Ask the school about tutoring programs, and have your child scheduled for tutoring.
Homework Resources has links to on-line and telephone homework help services, like "Dial-a-Teacher" and "Ask Dr. MAth" as well as Regent's Exam Prep.
Ask the school about evaluations for special services.
For students 17 years old and up, know that there are other ways to graduate .
Get help for bullying.
Encourage your child to talk to you about bullying. Work to establish good communication and trust with your child.
Ask about the school's Respect for All program and learn about cyberbulling .
Visit the school and talk with the guidance counselors or deans about your concerns.
Help teens manage their schedules.
Teens may need to work, or take care of siblings or other family members. Talk honestly with your child about responsibilities to family and to school. Is attending school a priority in your home? How can you work with family, neighbors or friends to make school a priority?
Get missed assignments from teachers, and help your child to complete them.
Ask the high school about a possible program change (different set of classes) to accommodate your child.
Ask schools about co-op programs or other opportunities for school schedules that support students who work.
Find out more about teen health and mental health issues your child may be dealing with.
Students in living temporary housing.
Tell school officials abut your needs (school supplies, clothes, toiletries). There are resources for families and it is your right.
Discuss issues related to travel with the school. Your child is entitled to transportation.
Be familiar with services available for you. Get more information at the STH webpage.
District and Borough Family Advocates provide information for the community and support the resolution of family inquiries and concerns.
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