Why it is Important Not
to pull Your Child Out of School
How many parents have told their child
that, for now, going to school IS their job?
How many parents have pulled their
child out of school for a day or two to go on a trip?
Are summer vacations still being
planned in August knowing that the child will miss several critical days of
Is this a mixed message to the child? YES!
Pulling a child out of school to start a
vacation early or for some other fun activity sends the message to the child
that the activity is more of a priority than their job, going to school.
But it is only one or two days a year
(or a week in August), right?
One missed day of school can mean two days
of falling behind for your child. Missing school makes it more difficult for a
child to learn to stay on track with assignments. Every day in school is
another chance for a child to learn something new. Most children need to
repeat something new at least seven times before they learn it properly. And
more importantly long-term is the fact that the subtle message-school isn’t
that important- is being repeated to your child.
only does the child lose but the district and therefore other children lose,
too. Last year the Oakley Union Elementary School lost over $330,000 because
of these types of absences. Without this loss we could have saved 5.5 teaching
positions this year, thereby lowering class sizes and providing other benefits
to our students. In other words you have more control over our revenue than we
Regular school attendance is important to
getting the most out of school. Success in school now leads to success in life
Make every day count—keep your child
learning in school.
You Can Do to Model the Importance of Prompt Daily Attendance
* Help them understand why it is important
to go to school each day and attend every class
* Help them get to school on time
* Set good examples & habits and enforce
* Get to know your child’s teacher and
school and communicate with them regularly
* Schedule family commitments or vacations
when school is out
* Contact the school if your child will be