September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Attendance matters for success in school and in life, and absences can easily add up to academic trouble.  At HISD, missing more than 10 percent (or 17 days) of school a year can lead to a student not receiving a grade or being retained, but more importantly, it represents lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.

  • A child is considered chronically absent if they miss two or more days a month. That includes unexcused and excused absences.
  • By grade 9, good attendance can predict graduations rates even better than eighth-grade test scores.
  • Attendance also affects a school’s budget. When students miss class, their campus’ average daily attendance rate drops, which can reduce the funding it receives to support its programs. (Learn more about how public schools are funded here.) 

For complete details on HISD’s attendance policy, please visit the Federal & State Compliance website.

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