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DOES ATTENDANCE MATTER, REALLY?

Short answer:  Yes. Attendance matters. 

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It matters to your STUDENT 

  • Children who miss 20 or more days of school in kindergarten through third grade do poorly in school, and have future problems with truancy, delinquency and substance abuse, and are more likely to drop out of school.
  • For low-income students in urban areas, each additional day absent from school in elementary grades is associated with a 7% lower probability of graduating from high school.
  • Truancy is a 97% predictor of first-time drug use. The greater the number of truant days, the greater the use. 

Source: California Dept of Education.

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It matters to your SCHOOL

At NVUSD, the average student is absent 7 days each school year. If we can reduce that to an average of 5 days, it would save the District $1.5 million in lost funding from the state. That amount represents nearly half of NVUSD's budget reductions for 2018-2019. 

Please plan family vacations to correspond to school breaks. Thank you!

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It matters to the DA

Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley weighs in on the importance of school attendance in a letter to parents.

How to Avoid Lost Learning Time

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school.

Missed Days Add Up Quickly!

  • Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.
  • Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up with other students,especially in math and reading.
  • Kindergarten and first grade are critical for your child. Missing school during these early years makes it more difficult for children to learn in later years and they often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.

Helpful Ideas:

  • Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.
  • If your child must miss school, make sure you get his or her home work assignments and follow up to see if the work is completed and turned in.
  • Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why your child will be out and for how long.
  • Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.
  • If you need medical advice after business hours, most doctors’ offices have answering services 24 hours a day to assist you.
  • If your child has an emergency, call 911.

Work with Your Child and Your School

  • As the parent, be strong with your child and don’t let your child stay home when it is not necessary. This will help your child succeed.
  • If your child has a chronic disease, make sure that the school staff is aware of the disease so the staff can assist your child if he or she becomes ill. Information about your child’s chronic disease should be noted on the school emergency or health information card.
  • For students with asthma: if your child has asthma, the school needs an Asthma Action Plan completed by his or her doctor that includes permission to carry an inhaler at school. Make sure that all supplies (inhaler, spacer, etc.)needed to manage your child’s asthma are at the school.
  • For students with diabetes: if your child has diabetes, the school needs a Diabetes Management Plan completed by his or her doctor. Make sure that all supplies (insulin, blood sugar meter, test strips) needed to manage your child’s diabetes are at the school.
  • Keep an open line of communication with school staff and teachers. The more the school knows about your child’s health, the better prepared everyone will be to work together for your child.

Information courtesy of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office     alcoda.org


CWA Staff

Drew Herron
Supervisor
dherron@nvusd.org

Meghan Eisberg
Social Worker
meghan_eisberg@nvusd.org

Sonia Ortega
Social Worker
sonia_ortega@nvusd.org

Danielle Swafford
Social Worker
danielle_swafford@nvusd.org

Lisa Bailey
SARB Secretary
lbailey@nvusd.org

Rosy Espitia
Administrative Specialist
respitia@nvusd.org

Office Information

Address: 1400 Menlo Ave.

Phone: (707) 253-3585


CWA Services Directory

SARB (School Attendance Review Board)

Contact
Lisa Bailey
lbailey@nvusd.org
253-4956

Caregiver Authorizations

Expulsion Due Process

Formal Reprimands (Behavior Contracts)

Gang Task Force

Home Hospital

Napa County Office of Education Liaison

NCOE Expulsion Placements

Residency Checks

Section 504 Compliance

Student Placements

Contact
Rosy Espitia
respitia@nvusd.org
253-3585

School Law

Contact
Marianna Thorne
Secondary Education
mthorne@nvusd.org
253-3526

Napa Valley Independent Studies

Contact
Susan Wilson
Principal, NVIS
swilson@nvusd.org
259-8577
nvis.nvusd.org