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Information about attendance and absences

  • Parents are legally responsible for making sure their child is in school every day.
  • Attendance is taken daily at the start of every class.  

  • There are only five scenarios that schools accept as a legitimate reason for a child's absence. They are: illness, a doctor's appointment, family death, religious holiday, court appearance.
  • Middle and high school students who miss more than seven days of school in one semester risk getting a course grade of "failure due to attendance" for the semester. 

  • Students with good attendance are more likely to graduate high school.
  • Students with good attendance are more likely to go to college, earn more money and stay out of jail.
  • Good attendance starts early. Preschoolers with good attendance adopt a "habit" of going to school every day.

Content provided by the Springfield Public Schools.

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