At Baldwin, we know that attendance can be a big factor in academic success with our students. We encourage our students to be on time and present each and every day.
Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways parents can prepare their children for success—both in school and in life. When parents make school attendance a priority, they help their child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.
But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
In order to promote attendance, we award perfect attendance each nine weeks with a small award, as well as a ticket that enters them into a drawing for a large prize at the end of the year. Last year we gave away $75 WalMart gift cards as well as a bicycle.