As Baltimore City students continue to experience their first of school for the year, it is important to remember how important student attendance is for the entire school year. While the first month or two of the new school year typically show signs of improvement in student attendance, it is often the case that as the school year continues student attendance will suffer. As we begin this school year anew, it is important for parents to understand the benefit of student attendance and how they have a part of improving the attendance of their student.
Student Attendance Benefits
- High attendance will help students understand their classes better, which can result in higher grades.
- Being around their peers on a daily basis can help improve social skills in children.
- Arriving to school on time can help instill an appreciation of learning and time management, which can help them with college and the workplace as they grow older.
- Students with higher attendance tend to score better on tests.
Playing your Part as Parent
- Have a daily discussion with your children about school. This will help you become engaged with their education while also helping to eliminate any anxiety your child might have about school.
- Reach out to the teachers of your children throughout the year to have a better understanding of their school performance.
- Try to avoid scheduling appointments during class time to prevent your child from missing class.
- Create a family routine and schedule on school nights to help your child be prepared for school the next morning.
MBK and the Road to School Attendance
My Brother’s Keeper is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty. MBK’s board believes a good education is a “game changer.” We are committed to changing behaviors through an attendance affirmation strategy. The results for year one appears below…
- An increase in year to date attendance for grades Pre-K thru 4th grade at Beechfield from 2013 to 2015 (these grades were targeted by our attendance affirmation activities)
- The increase jumped from 91.7 to 92.3
- The 3rd graders showed the most significant improvement
- They had an increase of 2.4% from 2014 to 2015
- They met the Baltimore City School System’s goal of 94% or higher for the school year
MBK reaches out to local school children through an attendance initiative. My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.