Good Morning Parents,
After studying regional student attendance patterns and achievement scores, I’m pleased to say Saint Patrick School is joining all of the districts within Kent ISD to define truancy as 10 unexcused absences in a school year and chronic absenteeism as missing more than 10 percent of scheduled school time.
The regular attendance of engaged students makes a huge difference in student achievement, with the performance gap between those who are present and those who are not growing wider each year they remain in school. Students who are truant, or chronically absent, are also at great risk of failing to graduate high school.
In preparing students for the world of employment, it is important that they learn to manage their time wisely. In education, work, and most things in life, you must be present to win! Under normal circumstances, employers expect less than the 10 percent absenteeism rate for a year of work.
By 2025, local employers project 64 percent of the West Michigan workforce will require a college degree or some post-secondary skills certification to successfully compete for a job sufficient to support a family.
Please know that we don’t take this move lightly. All 20 districts within Kent ISD support this new definition of appropriate attendance and absenteeism as a unified effort to help families and students alike know that attendance matters.
Simply put, your child needs to be in school. His or her future depends on it. Of course, our attendance policies will continue to accommodate illness, injury, unexpected family emergencies and extraordinary circumstances as we have in the past. We have no intent to threaten engaged students and families with truancy, but we will work with you to ensure your student keeps up with the work expected of all students.
If you have any questions regarding our attendance policy, or you have an issue that may require your student’s absence for an extended period of time, you are welcome to speak with me at any time.