Strive for Less than 5 Days Absent at School
On any given day, some students are missing school.
They might be sick, couldn’t get a ride, or maybe mom and dad scheduled a vacation.
It doesn’t matter if absences are back to back, far apart, unexcused, or excused.
Missing a day adds up quickly.
Missing 18 days of school per year makes a child chronically absent.
- More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade.
- 2 out of 3 chronically absent sixth graders will never graduate high school.
Quad Cities School Districts and United Way are teaming up for the Challenge 5 initiative.
- Set a regular bedtime.
- Prep clothes and backpacks the night before.
- Only keep children home if they are truly sick.
- Have a back-up plan for getting to school.
- Avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments and trips during school hours.