September 1, 2019
Attendance Makes a Major Difference in School Success

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Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success. In fact, national statistics show that two absences per month x 9 months of school means a student is less likely to graduate from school.

Students should miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation. Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Missing 10 percent (about 18 days) of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.

Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

Unfortunately, Maine High School District 207 is higher than the state average in the number of days missed by students. The district is committed to increasing student attendance this year.

Excused and authorized absences are associated with students falling behind. The schools monitor overall absences to identify students where absences are a concern.

The schools reach out in many ways (robocalls and direct calls from deans/counselors) to help alert parents to unauthorized absences.


Download the Infinite Campus app on your phone so that you can see real-time information on your child’s absences.

Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.

Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. A great option is to utilize the School-Based Health Center for medical and dental appointments. This is an option for all students in District 207.

Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.

Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.

Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.


Under the Illinois School Code, absences may only be authorized for the following reasons: 

  • Student illness
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Family emergency
  • Situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the administration, such as hospitalization or serious illness, for which the school receives timely, acceptable documentation.
  • Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for the mental, emotional, or physical health or safety of the students