1606 Brady St.
Davenport, IA

Challenge 5: Strive for Less Than 5 Absences

Welcome back to a new school year! There is one central thing that is essential to success in school – Attendance. Chronic absence is often an overlooked issue. If a student misses only 2 days per month (18 days for the year) they are considered chronically absent. Chronic absence as early as kindergarten can have a serious impact on learning and academic success. National statistics show that kindergarten students who are chronically absent are:

  • Almost 4 times as likely to have attendance problems through the higher grades
  • Are half as likely to read at grade level by the third grade
  • Score 20% lower in reading and math in the higher grades
  • Students who continue to be chronically absent are less likely to graduate from high school or attend college.

Regular school attendance matters. Attending school daily offers students a path to success in school, along with the knowledge, skills, and good attendance habits that will help them be successful throughout their lives.

There are times when students may need to stay home due to illness or an emergency. However, we are asking all of our families to support our Challenge 5 “Strive for Less than 5” (absences per school year).

Following are 5 tips to help families aim for 5 or fewer absences this school year:

  1. Set a regular bedtime (students of all ages need to get enough sleep).
  2. Prep clothes and backpacks the night before.
  3. Only keep children home if they are truly sick.
  4. Have a back-up plan for getting to school.
  5. Avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments and trips during school hours.

Please join us in our Challenge 5 initiative for this school year. Let’s see how close we can come to a 100% attendance rate in our Davenport Community Schools in 2017-2018!


Dr. Arthur W. Tate, Superintendent