A: It's as simple as
this: Students can't learn if they're not in school. Your daughter
stayed up too late and now she wants to sleep in. She has a big
soccer game and wants to rest. She has an important math test and
she hasn't finished studying. Or it's the end of the school year and
the teachers don't care.
All these are excuses many teens give for
missing school. Some parents even cooperate when their teens don't
want to go to school. Don't do it.
When your daughter cuts class she may be able to copy missed
notes and complete missed worksheets. However, other important
aspects of the lessons are lost forever. She'll miss out on
discussions, questions raised, explanations and much more. This is
an important time in her life. Learning builds day by day. What your
daughter misses in one class session is needed as a foundation for
what she will learn in the next session.
You play a big role in supporting her good school attendance.
Here are important points to remember:
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happened at school each day.
Make sure the
school knows how to reach you if your daughter is absent.
rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.
Set a good example.
Go to work every day yourself.
family trips or medical appointments during school hours.
Research shows that attendance is the single most important
factor in school success. Attendance is a habit. Teens who get in
the habit of coming to school every day will also show up for work
on time. Teens who think they can come and go as they please may
never be successful in a job. So make sure your daughter keeps going
to school. It's an important lesson in responsibility she needs to
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[Text from syndicated column
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