Going to school every day is the first step for success in school and life. Ask your school about its attendance policies. You can also read about Schools and Attendance Policies at the Schools and Attendance Policies Page
You can follow your student attendance online.
Register for a NYC Schools Account to see when your student is market absent or late. When you follow your student’s attendance online, you can talk with your school if your see a mistake; schools can only correct mistakes before the last day of the current school year.
Every absence counts. Excused absences are still absences.
Schools can excuse absences when a student misses school for religious, medical or emergency reasons, but the excused absence is a legal part of the student’s record. Ask your school for its rules on absences, late arrivals, and leaving early. Ask which absences can be "excused" and what to do if your student has to be late, miss school, or leave school early. Some schools might leave out excused absences when computing attendance for school recognition or participation in school activities.
There is no specific attendance rate for promotion or graduation.
But students who miss school usually have lower grades that can mean they are not promoted or graduate. Ask about your school's grading policies. If your student must miss school, ask for help for them to keep up with class work.
Does your student want to play in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL)?
If so, students must have at least 90% attendance, but that does not count excused absences. That usually means no more than unexcused absences each marking period.
Use the school calendar. Plan appointments and trips when school is not open.
Know when report cards are distributed and the dates for parent-teacher conferences. Ask your school for a calendar with school activities like concerts and trips or testing so you can ask your student about the activities. Families who talk about school encourage good attendance.
Being on time matters.
Being at school on time is important, but it is always better to come to school late than to miss the whole day.
Why do we want to see students in school every day? So they succeed!
Students who miss about 19 or more in a school year, just two days each month, are chronically absent. These students:
- Have lower test scores and higher dropout rates.
- Are less likely to finish high school.
By sixth grade, being chronically absent is one of three warning signs that a student will drop out of high school. By ninth grade, attendance can be a better indicator of dropout than test scores.
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Common Reasons Students Miss School
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Does your student miss school because of transportation problems?
- Find out about school bus routes and student MetroCards at The Office of Pupil Transportation .
- You can find the best way to get to school by public transportation with tripplanner.mta.info .
- Ask the school if there is a “walking school bus” or a group of families who can take turns walking students to school.
- If you use a yellow school bus, make sure your school has the right phone number and address so you know about any changes.
- Talk with your school's parent coordinator if you have other travel worries.
Does your student miss school because of health issues?
Does your student want to miss school because of school work?
- Meet with the teacher or counselor and ask about the student's classwork. Ask about tutoring programs or, possibly, evaluations for special services.
- Use Homework Resources to find help like Dial-a-Teacher or Ask Dr. Math .
- Families of high school students can check the graduation requirements and complete a Diploma Requirements Worksheet so they know exactly where the student is on the way to graduation.
- Families show school is important with simple habits like talking about school every day. Set and keep regular meal and bed times. Have books in the house or visits the library. Celebrate when your student does well.
Does your student want to miss school and you are not sure why?
- Talk about what is happening in school. If there is bullying, or online bullying talk with the guidance counselor or other staff. Learn about the Respect for All program and what families can do to help.
- Visit the school and ask for help on how to manage your student's social media use.
- Find out more about teen health and mental health issues .
- Look at the programs at DYCD Youth Connect or call 800-246-4646 to ask about after-school programs, tutoring services, and job opportunities for young people.
- The Family Assessment Program (FAP) office in your borough may be able to help you with crisis services, family counseling, mediation or other services. This is a program within ACS but families do not need to be ACS involved to participate and are not reported to ACS.
Other ways schools can help families with student attendance:
- Ask the school counselor to set up a "contract" with your student with goals for attendance, and rewards and consequences.
- Set up a time to talk with the parent coordinator or school counselor about attendance and any concerns.
- Ask about counseling services or a mentor for your student.
- Are there after school or extra-curricular programs to help keep your student interested in school.
- Different class schedules or co-op programs for high school students might help. There are other ways for students who are 17 or older to graduate: Help for Students Exploring other Ways to Graduate
- There are resources for families. Let your school know what your family and student needs (housing, healthcare, school supplies, clothes, toiletries).
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