Strive for 95

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    The single most important factor contributing to student achievement is school attendance.  The Omaha Public Schools strongly believes that daily attendance is critical to academic success as well as social and emotional well-being.  Strive for 95 is the Omaha Public Schools attendance focus to ensure students and families are aware of the importance and impact of daily attendance. Showing up ready to learn affects student's academic success and their connectedness to school starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.


    STRIVE FOR 95 focuses on students missing no more than nine days throughout the year. Students are expected to arrive on time and be engaged in learning throughout the academic day.


    Attendance matters. Students who maintain the STRIVE FOR 95 goal are more likely to be on or above grade level academically, be socially and emotionally connected to the school and staff and remain on track to high school graduation. Good attendance prepares students to excel in college, career and life. 


    Ensuring students arrive on time and attend school throughout the day is everyone’s responsibility.


    Student Responsibilities

    • Establish bedtime and morning routines
    • Understand the importance of STRIVE FOR 95 and why attendance matters
    • Arrive on time
    • Attend school the entire day
    • Miss less than 9 days of school throughout the year


    Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

    • Establish bedtime and morning routines
    • Ensure your child(ren) arrive at school on time
    • Encourage and acknowledge the importance of STRIVE FOR 95
    • Schedule any medical or other appointments after school or on non-school days
    • Report any absences to the school attendance secretary


    Teacher Responsibilities

    • Create a positive classroom culture of why attendance matters
    • Encourage and acknowledge the importance of STRIVE FOR 95
    • Set and progress monitor attendance goals with students
    • Collaborate with school staff to address attendance concerns
    • Celebrate students who are meeting attendance goals


    Administrative and Support Staff Responsibilities

    • Create a positive school culture of why attendance matters
    • Encourage and acknowledge the importance of STRIVE FOR 95
    • Set and progress monitor attendance goals with staff, students and parent(s)/guardian(s)
    • Collaborate with school staff and families to address attendance concerns
    • Celebrate students who are meeting attendance goals