Dear St. Vrain Valley Schools Community,
Attend. Aspire. Achieve.
Attendance is one of the most important factors in determining if a student will do well in school, graduate and be prepared for success in their postsecondary education and career. Each week of absence per semester in ninth grade lowers a student’s likelihood of graduation by 25 percent, and in the early grades, only 41 percent of students who are chronically absent can read on grade level after third grade.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, St. Vrain Valley Schools is focusing on increasing attendance to boost future graduation rates and advance student success across the district. While St. Vrain’s current average attendance rate is higher than many districts in Colorado – 95 percent– it is still equivalent to every student in the district missing one day of school per month. The district's goal for 2016-2017 is to increase student attendance to 96 percent.
The district will use data to drive research-based strategies that support individual, family, school, district and community efforts to increase attendance and student success. Every school in the district has established a committee of educators that will look at ways to continue building positive partnerships with parents and strong relationships with students that will continue to encourage attendance, learning and overall success.
Download a factsheet:
- Students are chronically absent when they miss 10 percent of the school year. Missing only 2 days a month (for any reason) can have a significant impact on student success.
- A habit of attendance is a school readiness skill. Students who are chronically absent in early grades are far more likely to be chronically absent in later grades. Building high attendance habits is also a life skill that will impact success as future employees, leaders and citizens.
- The early grades matter! Only 41 percent of students who are chronically absent in kindergarten or first grade can read at grade level after third grade.
- Core GPA and high attendance in eighth grade best predicts whether a student in high school earns A's or B's.
- Students who attend school regularly are more involved in activities, athletics, fine arts and other programs that build healthy social networks and important life experiences.
- Attendance is one of the largest predictors of whether a student will graduate. Each week of absence per semester in ninth grade lowers a student’s likelihood of graduation by 25 percent.
- By college, a chronically absent high school graduate has only an 11 percent chance of receiving any degree, impacting career choices, lifetime earnings, success, well-being and their future.
What can families do?
- Emphasize the importance of regular attendance and how your student feels about school.
- Getting students involved in arts, music, athletics and other co-curricular activities can have a significant impact on their attendance, engagement and overall academic success.
- Build regular routines for bedtime and the morning.
- Keep a chart recording your child’s attendance at home and talk with your student about what you see.
- Seek support from school staff or community groups to help with transportation, health problems or no safe path to school. Contact the Student Attendance and Engagement Office at 303-702-7887 for assistance.
- If your student is sick or needs to miss school, please contact your school office to get the absence excused.