Attendance Matters

Why is Attendance Important?

Why Attendance is Important

Students who miss 18 or more days in a school year - just 10% - are considered chronically absent and this can hurt their academic success and put them at-risk of dropping out. Students who attend school regularly are more likely than students who are chronically absent to:
Graduate and go on to college

  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Learn to read well by the critical 3rd grade milestone
  • Be more engaged in school, feel better about themselves and are less likely to be depressed
  • Build good habits for school and life (How many employers will tolerate a worker who misses 10 percent of work days?)
  • Break the cycle of poverty. If education is the escalator out of poverty, attendance is the engine that keeps the escalator running.

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It's the Law

In the state of Nebraska any child who will reach 6 years of age prior to January 1st of the then current school year and has not reached 18 years of age must attend school on a regular basis.

For more information see the Nebraska State Compulsory Attendance Statute or the Scottsbluff Public Schools Board Policy 503.01 Compusory Attendance.