Each child who resides in this state and is 5 years of age shall attend a public school regularly during the entire school year unless the child is otherwise receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age, or graduated, or is exempted from attendance as provided by law.
Children are in school to learn and to grow into responsible and productive young adults who are prepared to enter the world on their own. Regular school attendance is the key to student success, graduation, and retaining employment. Poor attendance in elementary school often leads to excessive absences in middle and high school. Poor attenders become disinterested and unmotivated in school.
Getting your child to school on time, every day can ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. As a parent or guardian, there are steps you can take to make certain your child is in school every day.
- Establish and stick with routines such as bed time, wake up time, and homework schedule.
- Prepare for the next day by laying out clothes the night before and packing the back pack and lunch.
- Talk to your child about school. Show your interest in what they are learning.
- If your child is reluctant to go to school, reach out to the teacher or school counselor for help.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools policy states that when a student is absent parents/guardians must send a written or electronic note indicating the reason for the absence(s).
Telephone calls, messages and of course no contact at all with the school will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused.
Questions regarding whether or not your child’s medical condition can be managed by the school staff, please contact our school nurse, Lindsay McDonald, at 410-222-6944.
Questions regarding non-medical concerns that are preventing your child from attending school, please call our Social Worker, Angie Fox-Antoniak, at 410-222-6940.