Students learn best when they are in school. When absences add up, students miss valuable lessons and the opportunity to practice. Studies from across the country show that students who have poor attendance are more likely to fall behind in school.
How you can help: Make sure your child consistently attends school every day, and schedule appointments during afterhours and non-school days.
Studies show a direct link between behavior and academic performance; when a student’s behavior is disruptive to his or her own learning, he or she can fall behind. Even at a young age, students can start working on developing their 21st-century skills by learning to focus, getting along with others and growing academically, socially and emotionally.
How you can help: Reinforce good behavior at home, as your child self-awareness and consideration for others. If a disruptive behavioral problem develops, parents and students can build relationships with teachers and work together to set learning and behavioral goals that lead to a solution.
In DPS, we know success goes beyond academic achievements. That’s why we intentionally focus on the Whole Child: to ensure students are Healthy, Supported, Engaged, Challenged, Safe, and Socially and Emotionally Intelligent.
How you can help: As a parent, we encourage you to engage in the Whole Child work by telling your school leader about the needs and opportunities you see for your child or in your school community at large.