Student Attendance

Dear Steele Families,

Did you know that student attendance is factored into our School Performance Framework (SPF)? This has been true for quite some time; however, the way our attendance is measured changed starting last year.

Student attendance rates are measured by the percentage of students who end the year with 95% attendance or higher. There are 174.5 days of school for students each year. A student can miss no more than 8.5 days of school to have 95% attendance.

SPF Performance Levels for Attendance:

  • EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS- 80% or more of our students have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.
  • MEETS EXPECTATIONS- 50%-79% of our students have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.
  • APPROACHING EXPECTATIONS- 40-49% of our students have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.
  • DOES NOT MEET EXPECTATIONS- Less than 40% of our students have an attendance rate of 95% or higher.

After 4 weeks of school, 74% of our students have been in attendance 95% of the days in session.

Student attendance not only matters to our overall SPF rating, it matters for our students and teachers. When students are absent, they miss learning opportunities that cannot be replicated. Often the learning process includes collaborative and social components where students problem solve and work together. Students process their thinking verbally, explain their reasoning to others, and defend their answers with evidence. This type of learning is very difficult to do solo.

Per district policy, all schools are expected to have Procedures to Encourage Daily Attendance. Our plan is:

  • To contact parents when a child has 3 unexcused absences.
  • To send a letter to parents when a child has 5 unexcused absences.
  • To hold a meeting with school staff and parents to better understand ‘why’ a student has 7 unexcused absences, and to develop interventions designed to motivate the student to arrive at school on time.

Please make sure your child is in school unless he or she has a fever, is vomiting or has been ordered by a doctor to stay home due to illness or injury. We ask that you try to schedule family vacations on days when school is not in session to minimize lost learning opportunities for your child.

Will you do your part to help Steele MEET or EXCEED EXPECTATIONS for attendance?

I’ll see you at the Bike-A-Thon and Carnival on Sunday!