Importance of Attendance


California law requires that children between the ages of 6 and 18 attend school every day.  While the law does not currently apply to children below the age of six, research shows that early education (pre-school and kindergarten) are essential for future academic success. It is the parent/caregiver’s responsibility to ensure that their child gets to school every day.

Why Attendance Matters

  • When students are in class, they build relationships - with their classmates, and with their teachers. Those relationships are the foundation for ongoing personal and academic growth.
  • Your child is important to us - and their friends and teachers miss them when they are absent. 
  • When students miss just a day of school or come late or leave early, it can be hard for them to catch up and feel like school is a place where they belong. After the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important for students to be able to connect with friends and teachers and strengthen their social emotional skills.

Tips for Parents/Caregivers: Getting to School on Time

  • Make sure your child goes to bed early and gets a good night’s sleep.
  • Develop a morning routine (get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth) and stick with it.
  • Talk with your child about the importance of attending school every day for academic success.
  • Arrange a time every night without interruptions for your child to do homework.

This page was last updated on September 6, 2023