It’s hard to argue with the idea that regular school attendance helps children learn best. Research has shown that children with low school attendance are more likely to have lower rates of academic growth and achievement than their peers with higher attendance rates. Simply stated, good school attendance is important for all children.
This idea really hit home for our community recently with the release of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) School and District Report Cards for 2015-16. The lower than expected marks Bayfield received were a surprise and were disappointing. While the District’s attendance rate has increased and truancy rates have decreased over the past few years, chronic student absenteeism played a key role in Bayfield’s low DPI report card rating. More than 13% of Bayfield students missed more that 16% of the time during the period measured on the report cards. Please see the attached article to learn more about chronic absenteeism.
There is truth in the old adage that ‘it takes an entire village to raise a child’. It’s important that the school, parents/families and the community work together to send children a consistent message that education is important. Chronic absenteeism results in lost learning opportunities for children. These lost opportunities can result in negative academic consequences. Working together to remove barriers to good school attendance is critical for children today as well into the future.
The mission of the School District of Bayfield is to support the educational and developmental growth of each and every student while utilizing resources in a respectful and prudent manner. Your support of this mission is important and appreciated.
Dr. David Aslyn
District Administrator/High School Principal