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Attendance Still Matters

October 23, 2020

Attendance Still Matters

Dear Families,

Despite the pandemic, it’s important to remember that students who Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Daily attendance is critical whether your student is learning in-person at school or online at home. Attendance has been a challenge in our district, but it is especially a concern this year because of the ongoing pandemic.

If a student misses 18 days of school, or 10% of the school year, it is known as Chronic Absenteeism. Chronic Absenteeism has a direct effect on our students’ academic success and can negatively impact their futures. Only 17 percent of Kindergartners who are chronically absent will read on grade level after third grade. By middle school, Chronic Absence is one of the leading indicators that a student will drop out of high school.  

Hartford Public Schools and the entire Hartford community is committed and working together to ensure that each child is in school every day.

Daily Attendance Expectations and Tips

Teachers take attendance daily for both in-person and online students. Online learners are considered “in attendance” if time spent on learning activities is equivalent to half of the regular school day or class period. Please note that if a student is absent on a given day, they cannot make up for that absence on another day. If your child must be absent for in-person or remote learning, call your child’s school and tell them your child is absent.

Here are a few tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime and establishes a morning routine.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about your child’s needs. 
  • In-person learners:
    • Ensure your child goes to school every day unless they are truly sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Talk to your child’s teacher or counselor for advice if your child is feeling anxious about going to school.
    • Develop backup plans for getting your child to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school. 
  • Online learners:
    • Help your child participate in online learning from a quiet location in your home that is free of distraction.
    • Remind your child to charge their laptop so it’s ready for learning each day.
    • Ensure your child participates at the assigned scheduled time unless they are truly sick.

If you have questions or need help please call our Welcome Center at 860-695-8400, or contact your school’s Family and Community Support Service Provider, listed on our website:

Thank you very much for partnership with us to reduce Chronic Absenteeism and to help ensure that all our students succeed!  

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Hartford Public Schools

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