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Posted: November 11, 2020

Tips for Talking Attendance During Remote Parent-Teacher Conferences

Elementary and middle school conferences are Nov. 23 and 24. All conferences will be remote due to the spread of the virus.

Did you know there are only 13 days of school in November for elementary and middle school students and 15 for high school students? Due to holidays and breaks, the number of school days this month is much lower than in other months, so having your child attend all of their classes and complete their school work every single day, is really important.  Now is a great time to set a goal with your child around logging in to classes, connecting with their teachers for help, and completing their work every day. 

We’re here to help!  Not only can you reach out to your child’s school if you are having problems with technology, attendance, or completing work, but you can also use ParentVUE to track your child’s progress and get in touch with their teacher.

If we work together, we can make sure your child learns all they need to know for a bright and successful future.  Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.

Attendance Tips for Families 

  • Speak to your child about the importance of connecting online and how it can impact their learning when they do not.
  • Talk to your child about responsibility and the need to develop good work habits and a positive attitude.
  • When you must schedule appointments during the school day, try to stagger them so that your child does not miss the same class every time.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher if you are having trouble getting them to log on, or complete assignments. Use this toolkit to access resources to support families at Mission: Graduate Remote Learning Toolkit
  • Make sure that your child understands that it is his/her responsibility to make up work required by the teacher(s), and if you know in advance that your child will not be participating, please advise the office and your child’s teacher(s), when possible.
  • If you child is sick, please remember to call in their absence as soon as possible. The attendance line is available 24 hours a day.  Use the guidelines in this video to determine When Is Sick Too Sick For School?
  • Check your child’s attendance regularly using ParentVUE, or keep a calendar at home to track any missed participation/engagement.
  • Know the school’s attendance policy during Remote Learning Attendance and what supports are in place if their student is not engaged.
  • Update emergency contact information immediately as changes occur.
  • Identify a quiet place for your child to participate in class during remote learning. If you have more than one child, make a schedule.
  • Encourage your child to maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework or getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Check in weekly about your child’s academic progress and get help if needed from teachers or tutors.
  • Stay on top of your teen’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping class. Teens who have a hard time making friends can feel isolated.
  • Ask for help when you need it. School staff, after-school program providers, and other parents or community agencies are available to help families access online learning, obtain food or housing and address other experiences that make it difficult to attend and participate.

Parents and families must be active partners in dealing with their son/daughter’s attendance.  When parents are involved in their children’s education, students do better in school and in life, parents become empowered, teacher morale improves, schools get better, communities grow stronger. -- National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education