DC Superintendent of Schools January Newsletter:

As we settle into the routine of the second semester, I want to provide you with an update on student absences for the month of January.
In January, our school district recorded a total of 432 full day student absences across all grade levels. While some absences are expected due to illness or family emergencies, we encourage families to prioritize regular attendance to ensure the continuity of their child’s education.
The most common reasons for student absences reported in January were for illness at 43% followed by medical appointments at 8%. Nearly 44% of absences have yet to be explained by the parent or guardian. It’s important for parents and guardians to communicate with the school when their child is unable to attend and to provide any necessary documentation, such as medical notes or parent notes. Notes can be submitted on-line at our website:
Our attendance director reaches out to all parents and guardians when a student reaches three absences and again at five absences. If no documentation is turned in he and his staff will schedule an appointment with the parent, and if absences continue they will schedule a conference with the parent and the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Regular attendance is crucial for academic success. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to keep up with classwork, develop strong relationships with teachers and peers, and achieve better overall academic performance. If your child is experiencing challenges that affect their attendance, please reach out to our school’s counseling team for support.
How Parents Can Help:
Communicate Early: Notify the school as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend.
Schedule Appointments Thoughtfully: Whenever possible, try to schedule medical appointments outside of school hours or during breaks.
Establish a Routine: Encourage a consistent morning routine to help your child arrive at school on time and ready to learn.
The month of January brought us a mix of winter weather, including snow, ice, and low temperatures. Adverse weather can sometimes pose challenges for students commuting to school, leading to an increase in absences. We want to assure you that the safety of our students is our top priority, and we encourage families to prioritize safety when deciding whether to send their children to school during inclement weather.
Our district works closely with local authorities to monitor weather forecasts and make informed decisions about school closures or delays. We communicate such decisions promptly through our official channels, including the school website, social media, and local news outlets. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these situations.
As we continue through the winter season, we encourage families to prepare for potential weather-related disruptions. Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date so that you can receive timely notifications in the event of any changes to the school schedule.
We want to express our gratitude for the understanding and cooperation of our school community during periods of challenging weather. Your partnership is essential in maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding attendance or weather-related matters, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting the education and well-being of our students. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s attendance, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
Stay warm and safe!
Dr. Adam L. Cheeseman