Dear High School Parents,
It’s hard to believe that our first six-week marking period is over! We’re off to a great start and our students have settled in nicely. Students have enjoyed a variety of fun activities including Point Break, Homecoming, and a number of field trips, amongst other things. I’m hopeful that our positive start translates into a fantastic school year!
I wanted to take a moment and communicate the importance of an initiative that our high school has taken on. Based on the outstanding work of our district-wide strategic planning team, one of our goals this year is to reduce the number of students who are considered chronically absent. As a reference, a student is considered chronically absent if they miss 10% or more of their possible attendance days. For the first six-week marking period, a student who missed three days would be considered over the threshold. While three days may not sound like a lot, that would translate to missing 18 days for the entire school year. A student who misses 18 days in one school year loses almost four weeks of instructional time.
Based on state and national data as well as research conducted within our district, I can state without reservation that there is a clear correlation between regular attendance and success in school. If your child is struggling with attendance and you would like some assistance, please feel free to contact his or her counselor, me, or Mr. Haslun. In addition, we may be reaching out to you to request a meeting for the purposes of developing an attendance improvement plan. By doing so, our only goal is to help your child succeed in school.
I also want you to know that we are extremely supportive of students missing school due to illness. For example, if your child has a fever or is vomiting we ask that you keep him or her home to prevent the spreading of germs. In addition, we fully understand that there are family emergencies or other extenuating circumstances that can periodically cause your child to miss school. If your child is absent, please contact the main office so that we can collect as much work as possible. Completing such work prior to returning allows a student to transition back to school as smoothly as possible.
When you receive your child’s report card, you can find the number of days absent and tardy in the lower right corner. If you have questions or concerns regarding reported absences, tardies, or any other information on your child’s report card, please don’t hesitate to contact his or her counselor or teacher.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I’m very excited to continue working with your children this year and beyond. I wish you a happy and healthy fall!
Brett W. Barr
Cobleskill-Richmondville High School