2015 Nov 26: RES Attendance

Rockdale Elementary has the stage this week, and Sandee Calame, RES Principal, would like to share with you the importance of school attendance on her campus.

Successful schools begin by engaging students and making sure they come to school regularly. In the past session, the Texas Legislature revamped state attendance and truancy laws.  In accordance with these changes, Rockdale Elementary has implemented a Truancy Prevention Measure plan.  When a student accrues three or more unexcused absences within a four week period, parents will be notified.  Parents are then required to call the assistant principal to explain the reason for any absences.  If a student has ten or more unexcused absences within a six month period, the school district is required to file truancy charges against the parent.  Parents can easily avoid any adverse consequences by doing the following:  be sure your child attends school on a regular basis, send a written excuse after all absences, and contact the school office when the child will not be in attendance.

How important is attendance?

The attendance rate is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent. In addition to falling behind in academics, students who are not in school on a regular basis are more likely to get into trouble with the law and cause problems in their communities.

At Rockdale Elementary for perfect attendance students have the opportunity to be chosen as “Top Tigers” and have a chance to win $25 dollar gift certificates donated by the Rockdale Rotary Club. Each week classes with the highest attendance are recognized and noted with a certificate on a board by the office. At the end of each six weeks students also receive a pencil if they have perfect attendance and perfect attendance winners also receive extra recess each six weeks.  We also offer classroom incentives, when a class has six weeks of the highest attendance in their grade level they earn a popcorn party.   We are fortunate that most of our students love attending school!