Whitney Wolves Weekly Update 2/5/21
Positivity breeds positivity!!!
Friday, 2/12: No School-- Teacher Professional Development
Monday, 2/15: No School-- Presidents' Day
Tuesday, 2/16: No School-- Teacher Professional Development
The Importance of Attendance
Attendance is crucial to student success. Every study I've ever read regarding attendance shows that if a child isn't in school, they can't succeed at the same level as kids with solid attendance. Even as early as kindergarten, poor attendance has a direct correlation with negative lifelong outcomes.
It doesn't matter if it is an in-person day or a virtual day. If a student misses a lesson, they are missing the next step in the progression of the curriculum. While we are working a few weeks behind the normal pace we usually follow due to this year's late start, our staff is teaching to the same grade level standards expected by both the State and Federal government.
In addition to poor academic, social, and eventually economic outcomes, it is required that student attendance data be reported to the State of Connecticut. The overall data is used by the State to calculate our school rating, which in turn, directly impacts home values in Whitney neighborhoods. Individual data is tracked to ensure students and families are adhering to District and State attendance policies.
The bottom line is that attendance, both in-person and virtual, is a legal requirement that has lifelong implications for individual students as well as an economic impact on the community at large. Attendance is important.