Dear Parents and Guardians,
New York State, in support of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), is focusing on the effect of missing school, due to absenteeism, on the ability of children to be successful.
There is a large amount of research available to support the fact that students who miss 10% or more of the possible number of school days each year are at risk of poor grades, even failing, or eventually dropping out of school. Eventually, it becomes harder and harder for a student to catch up on what has been lost by not being in school and missing instruction.
Currently, our school, overall, has attendance within the state’s guidelines but we do have to be concerned with individual students whose absenteeism is 10% or more of the days they should be in school. By making all parents aware of the effects of chronic absenteeism and the importance of being present at school, our District hopes that parents will assist their children in improving their attendance and their achievement at school.
At individual schools, administrators are charged with alerting parents when their child’s absenteeism reaches, or exceeds, that 10% point. At Genet, letters of notification are sent every ten weeks to alert parents that their child has reached this point.
It is important to share that we are here to assist parents and children who are experiencing difficulty with school attendance. Our school’s Nurse, Social Worker, and Psychologist are all available to provide suggestions and support.
Please contact us with any questions you may have concerning your child’s attendance or absence from school. There is detailed information available on our website at www.egcsd.org/AttendanceMatters.
- Monday, April 8 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Genet Conference Room, with special guest Mr. Grignon
- Thursday, April 11 – Bus Safety Drill #3, on arrival at school
- Friday, April 12 – PTO Movie Night featuring “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.