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How Important Is School Attendance?

School Attendance

School attendance may be an easy thing to let slip, but it’s critical for a student’s development.

As all parents know, school attendance is incredibly important for children as they continue to grow and learn. For some families, school attendance can be a tricky task. Once a child starts to miss some classes, it begins to add up and a student can quickly behind. These are some benefits to school attendance that really highlight how important it is, as well as some easy tips to help parents try to get their children back in class.

Why Does It Matter?

School attendance is incredibly important because children begin to gain an appreciation for learning and education. They will begin to be able to better prepare for college and future jobs. They’ll be able to stay up to date with their studies and perform well in school. It’s also a critical part in children developing social skills and succeeding at networking and making friends. Plus, children who attend class more often are much more likely to do well on tests, which is a huge part of the formal education system.

It’s The Law

School attendance is actually mandatory for children in Maryland between the age of 5 and 16. There are of course exceptions, but there’s a reason it’s a legal requirement. It’s an integral part in children becoming functioning members of society. For parents in the greater Baltimore area, we all know how important regular school attendance is in making our children productive members of society.

Tips for Parents

It’s important to develop a set schedule and routine with your child. Make sure they’re going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. It’s also a fantastic idea to schedule appointments, vacations, or any other events around your child’s school days. You want them to miss as little class as possible. Lastly, talk to your students about what’s going on in their classes. Showing an interest and engagement will definitely make them want to attend more.

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore

To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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