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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Sept. 22, 2021

Attendance Matters

Dear Westminster Public Schools Community,

With children back in the classroom one of the most common questions from loved ones is, “How can I help my child succeed?”

Many parents and guardians tell us they know the importance of education, but don’t feel they have a strong grasp of the learning content and feel they can’t really help their children with their school work. We understand that and want you to know that the most important thing you can do for your child is to make sure they are in school at every opportunity.

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

You may have noticed the special emphasis we have put on the topic in our social media postings recently because chronic absenteeism is a major problem across the country. It’s defined as missing ten percent of days in school or more.  

Research tells us that if a child misses two days of school a month they are putting their education at significant risk. This is especially true in the younger years when children are learning to read. Students who are behind in their reading by the third grade are at a much greater risk of failing to graduate from high school. 

Obviously, if your child is sick you should not send them to school. That has always been true, but even more so now, when we are battling COVID-19.

That being said you should try and schedule other appointments during non-school hours and avoid any activities, including family trips, that take your child out of the classroom

Your child gets one chance at an education and it is so important that you make the most of it.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools