The Importance of Attendance

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Dear Students and Parents,

This year the Onalaska School District is joining the rest of the state to focus on school attendance.  Attending class regularly is the first step to school success, and it helps students feel better about school.

Did You Know?

* Students who miss just two days per month are considered "chronically absent."
* Ninth graders who are chronically absent are much more likely to fail at least once core course (Math, English, or Science).  Failing a core course in 9th grade makes it more likely that a student will not graduate from high school on time.
* State law requires children age 8-17 to attend school or a district-approved home school program.

What Can You Do?

You can encourage good habits at home, and make school a priority.  Setting a regular bedtime and morning routine will also assist with students attending school.  As much as possible, schedule appointment or trips when school is not in session.  Scheduling appointments during our district's Wednesday, Early Release Day is a good time.  

Of course, sometimes, there are reasons for a child to stay home.  If your child is too ill to come to school, please take care of them at home so other students can avoid getting sick.  If your child does need to miss school, please call the High School office to let us know.  Keep track of your child's absences - it's easy for them to add up without realizing it.

Let's Do This!

We miss our students when they aren't here, as well as being able to provide instruction.  Each student makes a difference.  If you need help getting your child to school or if there is any other reason why your child is not attending school, please let us know.  We will work together to find a solution!

Sincerely,

Dracy McCoy
Principal, Onalaska High School
dmccoy@onysd.wednet.edu
(360) 978-4111 ext. 504

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