Attendance Matters!

Attendance Matters! Understand Absence
Posted on 11/02/2017

Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students and parents don't realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence (missing 10% of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month) can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses, and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. The Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has clear guidelines for school districts as to what qualifies a student being considered “in attendance” for a school day.  In order for a student to be considered in attendance, he/she must be physically at their school (or an activity sponsored by the school) for at least half of the school day.  Students missing more than half of the school day are considered “absent.” 

South Windsor Public Schools encourages parents to actively participate in their child's success by becoming familiar with school attendance requirements. If the total amount of time not in school is greater than or equal to one-half (≥50%) of a school day, your child is considered absent. This includes time attributable to tardiness, as well as leaving before school is dismissed. 
For example: 

  • if a full school day is seven (7) hours long, a student must be present in the school for three and one half (3.5) hours to be considered in attendance; and
  • on shortened school days (late opening or early dismissal), students need to be present for half of the shortened day to be considered in attendance.  

It is important for families to have this information, as these criteria will be used to reflect students’ attendance on report cards. Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning.  We appreciate your efforts to ensure that your child(ren) are attending school! If you have any questions, please contact the school office. 

Learn more from 
Parent Flyer for Elementary Students
Parent Flyer for Middle and High School Students