Why it’s important:
We know from experience, and what research confirms: showing up for school matters.
When students attend school, they are more likely to achieve in math, reading, and writing. When students are involved and invested in their school community early on, they typically remain involved and invested in their secondary school experience. Attendance matters because students who show up on a regular, and consistent basis are more likely to enrol in a post secondary program.
There are three main reasons why students miss school: they can’t, they won’t, and they don’t. Sometimes, students can’t attend because of home life needs such as illness, or family responsibilities. Sometimes students won’t attend because of interpersonal needs such as mental health challenges, emotional needs or physically safe school environments. And sometimes, students don’t attend because they and/or their caregivers do not see value in coming to school.