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At Cornerstone, we want to stress that regular school attendance is critical for academic success. 

Our goal is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and arrives on time. Daily presence in school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Research shows that: 

  • children that are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade 

  • by 6th grade, chronic absence is a warning sign for students at risk of dropping out of school. 

  • by 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, but we also know that students who miss too much school — excused or unexcused — can fall behind academically, socially, and emotionally.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent, which means missing 10 or more days of school in a school year.  

Even as children grow older and more independent, families continue to play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and reminding students that attendance is important for success in school and in life. We thank all of our families for their partnership with us as we set up students for success in this way.