What Are Other Ways To Help My Child?
Value education and give it high priority in your family! Convey a positive attitude about school and treat going to school as part of the normal course of events, something that is expected of your child.
Let him know that school is the most important thing in his life at this time, and that his future job opportunities will depend on how well he handles his present "job" (school).
Help him develop good study and work habits and praise him when he is successful. Get to know your child's friends as they may have more influence with him at this time in his life than you do.
Get personally involved in school activities, go to sporting events, attend plays and concerts, join the PTA/PTO, volunteer, read the school paper. Know what's going on at school.
What To Do If Your Child Refuses To Go To School
It is well known that the adolescent years are particularly stressful years for students, and making the move from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school can bring about behaviors that were not present before. Despite this transition, you can help your child by immediately taking one or more of the following actions:
- Check report cards for absences, low conduct marks and grades;
- Call the school if you think your child has been skipping school;
- If the school calls you, do not cover for your child to get them off the hook. This tells them that there are no consequences for breaking rules.
Teenagers thrive with parents who care enough to enforce rules and are available to provide help when it's needed.
What To Do If Your Child Needs Extra Support
A great resource for extra support is your campus Child Study Team. Campus Child Study Teams implement multi-tiered systems of support through the Child Study System to address the whole child through an integrated response.
If you're interested in receiving support for your child through your campus Child Study Team, contact your principal to get started.
There are many district and community support services available to help you and your child with issues that may be affecting their attendance. Talk with your principal or visit our School, Family & Community Education page to find out more about other support services.
Questions You Should Ask
If you are concerned about the attendance rate at your school, here are some questions you might ask your principal and your school's parent teacher association (PTA):
- Does the school provide a welcoming atmosphere for students and parents?
- Do students feel safe at school?
- What actions does the school take to follow up on students who are absent?
- Do teachers call parents when students are frequently absent?
- Does the school know why students are absent? The school cannot address the problem if administrators don't understand the causes.
- Has the school taken steps to forge a positive relationship with local law enforcement, business and community members to work together to encourage students to come to school?
- Does the school reward students for good attendance?
- What can parents do to help the school encourage all students to attend?