Attendance Matters

  • A student works on an iPadThe 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.   Showing up ready to learn strengthens a student's ties to school, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.


    Attendance is the key to success and missing no more than nine days throughout the school year shows a direct correlation between student attendance and academic achievement. When comparing the proficiency rates of two groups tested 3rd through 8th grade students, an additional 13% of students were proficient in English Language Arts and an additional 16% were proficient in Math.

     

    Attendance matters. Students who maintain good attendance and miss less than nine days 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 for 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. 

    We look forward to working together to help our students succeed.


    Student Responsibilities

    • Establish bedtime and morning routines
    • Arrive on time and attend the entire day
    • Miss fewer than 9 days of school throughout the year
    • Communicate with teachers 


    Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

    • Establish bedtime and morning routines
    • Ensure your child(ren) arrive at school on time and attend the entire day
    • Encourage and monitor attendance
    • Schedule any medical or other appointments after school or on non-school days
    • Communication is key - talk with teachers and school staff to report absences


    Teacher Responsibilities

    • Create a positive classroom culture of why attendance matters
    • Encourage attendance
    • Set and monitor attendance goals with students and parent(s)/guardian(s)
    • Collaborate with school staff and families 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 communicate the importance of attendance
    • Set and monitor attendance goals with staff, students and parent(s)/guardian(s)
    • Collaborate with school staff and families to address attendance concerns
    • Celebrate and recognize attendance