City Schools Promote Attendance This Tuesday

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Murfreeesboro City Schools will hold a Perfect Attendance Day this coming Tuesday (12/6/2016) to promote regular attendance and reduce chronic absence. Schools will be celebrating attendance all day with hall parties, raffles, principals dancing in hallways, and more. One school will be greeting parents in the car rider line with a cup of hot chocolate and a doughnut as a way of thanking them for getting their children to school on time.
All twelve schools are working to promote the day with special incentives and rewards for good attendance on December 6 and throughout the school year. Principals and teachers are focused on creating a culture of attendance every day.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Joe Martin said, "Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's success. We know some absences are unavoidable but when students miss too much school, they inevitably fall behind. On December 6th, we want to take time to reemphasize and celebrate the school day."

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  • Attendance matters as early as kindergarten! Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
  • Additionally, occasional absences can be just as disruptive as missing consecutive days of school - just two to three days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
  • Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress.
  • Families make a difference. From a child's first day of formal schooling, please set expectations that school attendance matters to you and that you won't allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.
  • Good attendance in elementary school will help children do well in high school, college and at work.

"Attendance in kindergarten through 6th grade directly relates to high school and college graduation," says Marlin. "Just as parents have a duty to focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance."

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance and we want every child to succeed. MCS encourages the community to unite as we help build the habit of good attendance. Because, every day matters.

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