The Fruitvale School District and Discovery Elementary believes there is a direct correlation to student achievement and the number of instructional minutes a student receives on a daily basis. The facts are clear: when students are chronically absent from elementary school, they fall behind academically. Research shows that early school attendance is a critical building block to a child’s success, yet many elementary students miss valuable learning time. These patterns of missing school start young—as early as preschool—and can have lasting, cumulative effects on students’ academic achievement and social development. Elementary school truancy and chronic absence is a solvable problem. Small, manageable changes in policies and practices can improve elementary school attendance. And when school attendance improves, academic achievement improves.
(In School + On Track 2015)