Every minute of a child’s time at school is important. Children who are absent for even one day, or who arrive later than their classmates, miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss important socialization time and fun with their peers.
When a student is absent from school it results in a loss of funding for our schools. The State of California does not reimburse school districts for days students are absent. Lake County has lost hundred of thousands of dollars in unearned income due to absences over the last several years.
Attendance is important even in kindergarten. Research shows that kindergarten students who miss two (2) days of school a month may fall behind by the third grade.