The Stay in School initiative engages the entire community – youth, schools, caring adults, media, business leaders and others in reaching out to those who care for children in Springfield Public Schools to play a role in encouraging increased daily attendance.
Know the Attendance Facts
Reasons for Approved Absences in the Springfield Public Schools
- Student illness
- Student’s medical or dental appointment
- Death in the family
- Observance of religious holiday
- Court appearance for the student
Daily attendance, at all grade levels, leads to increased academic success and high school graduation. The whole community can play a part in improving attendance.
Get Involved by Spreading the Word That:
- On average K-12 students in the Springfield Public Schools attend school 93% of the time. This means youth are missing 13 days per year.
- Missing just 1.5 days per month for any reason means a child is at risk of having to repeat a grade. Even excused absences matter.
- It is never too late to help children develop good habits that will stay with them through high school, college and the workplace.
- Showing up to school is the first step toward academic success.
- Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school and about themselves.