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Welcome Back Attendance Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

For the 2020-2021 school year, students will begin the year through distance learning. “Distance learning” is when daily learning activities are delivered through varied distance learning opportunities during the COVID-19 epidemic. We understand that this may cause many challenges for students and families.  Our goal this year is to ensure that every student is Present, Engaged and Supported.

 

Supporting regular attendance and monitoring absenteeism is extremely important during this time. Chronic absence is when a child misses 10% or more of school, 2 days per month or 18 days per year. Absenteeism from school may be a lost opportunity to learn. We are here to help all students to be Present, Engaged and Supported. Below are some ideas to help engage our students and families.

 

Contact

Does your student’s school have your most up to date contact information?

Working contact information is essential to supporting learning opportunities.

Connectivity

Does your student have access to technology?

Lack of technology may mean less access to quality learning opportunities.

Relationships

Does your student have two-way communication with their teacher(s) and are they willing to ask for help when needed?

Students who are connected and feel supported are more likely to excel in school and do well academically.

Participation

Is your student regularly participating in distance learning?

Students who participate regularly are less likely to fall behind academically and more likely to graduate on time.

 

A distance learning absence is when a student is not participating in planned instructional activities on a scheduled distance learning day. If a student does not engage or demonstrate participation in any way, the student would be marked as absent.  Examples of what student participation could look like to be counted as present, includes. but is not limited to:

  • Daily logins to the learning management systems;
  • Daily interactions with teacher(s) to acknowledge attendance
    • Examples might be - messages, texts, emails, phone calls, or video chats); or
  • Evidence of participation in a task or assignment.

 

Beginning in October, we will be sending home attendance letters for students who have missed three or more days, either excused or unexcused absences. The hope is to bring awareness to how many days students have missed, regardless of the reason. Schools will be working with families during the month of September to remove barriers to attendance.  Let us know how we can best support you and your child, so they are Present, Engaged and Supported every day. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions or need more information.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Beth C. VanderVeen                                                                                       Eugenia Collins

Director of Student Services and Athletics                                             District Attendance Specialist

Mukilteo School District                                                                                 Mukilteo School District

vanderveenbc@mukilteo.wednet.edu                                                    collinsex@mukilteo.wednet.edu