PARENTING CONTRACTS FOR BETTER ATTENDANCE
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
We live in a time when going to school on a regular basis is equally as important for the success of the student as learning reading, writing and math.
Good attendance is incredibly important for the student to not only learn their lessons, but to retain what they’ve learned, and to not miss the additional information that comes with familiarity of a subject. Lessons aren’t just given one day and then completely understood by each student. Education is an on-going process that takes the entire school year to be successful.
Many children do not attend school as the law requires. This brochure will give important information about when the child must be in school and who is responsible for making sure that child’s education is helped by good attendance.
Parents or guardians of each student are legally responsible for making sure they attend classes, and that means every day unless the school has given permission for him or her to be absent because of illness or some other reason that cannot be helped.
Absences for non-emergency reasons, such as birthdays, shopping, babysitting younger siblings, missing the bus, or just not getting up in time, will normally be considered un-excused. “Un-excused”absences are an offense by the parent/guardian. The school is required to report these absences to the Court System.
Lybrook Elementary/Mid School is very concerned about our students having good attendance. Students with attendance problems will be put on a contract. These are not compulsory or legally binding, but they do describe how the school and parents can team up to improve the child’s attendance.
If you would like or need help from the school to make sure your child attends more regularly, please contact the school at any time. The school may suggest possible solutions, a regular chance to meet with a teacher, or the use of the services of our Parent Liaison.
The school staff, as well as the Court System, will also expect you to promise certain things to help improve the situation. These are usually things parents or guardians can do to encourage better school attendance.
Both parts of the team, the school and the Parents, then sign the Contract and agree to review it in the near future to see if changes need to be made.
Parenting Contracts may also be used when the school is concerned about behavior problems
There can be penalties when the attendance problem cannot be solved through meetings and a contract, parents or guardians could face legal prosecution in the Court System for failing to make sure their child attends school as the law requires.
New Mexico’s Compulsory Attendance Law requires that all children, ages 5-16, must “attend a public school, a private school, or a state institution.
If attendance does not improve after efforts by the school and State Education Department, there will be an informal warning. Parents will be invited to a meeting with school officials and legal authorities. If a solution still cannot be found to make sure the child attends, parents will be notified in writing of legal proceedings.
If un-excused absences continue, the parent or guardian will be issued a Penalty Notice
without any further warning. The fine is: a monetary fine or community service for the 1st offense. A second or subsequent offense could mean up to a $500 fine or up six months in jail.
Lybrook would like parents and guardians to avoid these penalties if at all possible.
WE WANT YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL DAILY!
Jacque Mangham-Turn Around Leader
Darlene Chiquito...Parent Liaison