School Attendance

  • The Importance of School Attendance 

     The Middleborough Public Schools recognizes the relationship between excellent attendance and high academic achievement.  Both absences and tardiness are serious disruptions to the educational process.  The school district expects students (barring serious illness) to maintain a 96% attendance rate or better.
    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
    • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
    • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
    Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit 
    in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance 
    will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.