"Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused and unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent 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. Low-income students, who most depend on school for opportunities to learn, are especially harmed when they miss too much instruction." -AttendanceWorks.org
"Parents are motivated when their actions make their children happy. Engaging preschool children in tracking their own attendance motivates children and helps make attendance important to families. When getting to class on time every day becomes important to the children, parents respond. Perfectly Punctual, a program specifically designed by LearnLead for the early education setting, has aligned with Attendance Works to provide strategies and materials free of charge. Feel free to download these materials or use the ideas to develop your own themes. For young children, a mascot can be a very important ally.
The Perfectly Punctual Scorecard (click on the image to the right to download) is designed to be a family engagement tool. Children fill in their scorecard daily. At the end of the week, teachers send the scorecard home to remind parents of the importance that preschool or school places on consistent, on-time attendance.
Every morning, children circle the star for on-time arrival OR circle the running clock for late arrival. If a student is absent, they circle the sad face the next day they are back in school."
With Palm Beach County schools starting earlier this week, the EveryParent website and apps are offering tips and advice for parents on school attendance. Missing school as few as two days a month can add up quickly to nearly 10 percent of the academic year. Click here for attendance tips for your young child. For more valuable parenting information, sign up by visiting www.EveryParentPBC.org or download the EveryParent app for free on your smartphone.
Florida's 2019 Back-to-School sales tax holiday is August 2 - August 6. Starting Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m., qualifying items will be exempt from sales tax. The tax-free holiday ends Tuesday, August 6 at 11:59 p.m. Parents and students can save sales tax on items like, clothing, footwear, accessories and certain school supplies. Click here to learn more and see the full list of tax-exempt school supplies. Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.
Back-to-school time is just around the corner! 211 Palm Beach compiles a list of back-to-school events for families and students (K-12) in Palm Beach County. These events provide free back-to-school resources like backpacks, school supplies, physicals, immunizations as well as fun, family activities to kick off the new school year. Click here to view the list and check back for updates and new events added. Some events require pre-registration.
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