Every Day Matters
- Attendance matters as early as kindergarten! Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
- Additionally, occasional absences can be just as disruptive as missing consecutive days of school – just two to three days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
- We know that families make a difference. From a child’s first day of formal schooling, please set expectations that school attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick.
- Good attendance in elementary school will help children do well in high school, college and at work.
School success goes hand in hand with good attendance and we want every child to succeed. Please unite with Murfreesboro City Schools as we help build the habit of good attendance.
Because…Every Day Matters.
Attendance Awareness Month Kicked off Every Day Matters Campaign
Attendance Awareness Month was a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. During September, Murfreesboro City Schools worked with teachers, students and families to ensure everyone knows they have a role to play in ensuring children attend school regularly.
“We used the month to build awareness as we kicked off our Every Day Matters Campaign,” says Joe Marlin, MCS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “Attendance in kindergarten through 6th grade directly relates to high school and college graduation.”
Just as parents have a duty to focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance. Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress.
Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance. This video is a must see video for everyone who has a child in school.
A great website to visit is www.attendanceworks.org.