We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.
If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.
Below are some statistics about Lalor Primary School and attendance.
The average absent days for each year level in 2017:
Year 1: 23.1
Year 2: 23.6
Year 3: 17.5
Year 4: 19.8
Year 5: 19.5
Year 6: 16.8
Lalor PS has:
- a whole school absentee average per year of 21.
- 30% of students with 20 or more absence days between 2014 and 2016.
- 20% of students late to school every day.
I find these numbers to be very disturbing. Our averages especially in Prep to 2 are unacceptable and I ask that everyone commit to lowering these numbers in the best interest of their child’s future.
If you are experiencing difficulty in getting your child/ren to school I have attached a link to the Department of Education and Training website that is dedicated to assist parents with attendance.
Please don’t hesitate to call the school on 9465 3037 and we can discuss strategies to help.