School Attendance Policy

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Supporting College Level Attendance Policy The attendance policy has been enforced for years and is normally introduced to children at or near the age of five in elementary school. From this early age, children in public schools are shown that a good attendance record has positive consequences such as a “perfect attendance party” and a poor attendance record has negative consequences such as “flex week”, which is an extra week of class once the school year has ended. At this point it is the responsibility of parents to enforce acceptable attendance as mandated by the state.
Elementary students are taught from the beginning that attendance plays a major role in progressing to the next grade level. The fear of failure is a very strong
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High school attendance policies normally take the Elementary school’s guidelines and tweak the policy to what best suits the age range they now have. The High school policy normally involves a “flex week” penalty for bad attendance, and the teenagers are generally upset about the extra two weeks of school. However, the teens who have good attendance get out of school early to enjoy their summer vacation. This teaches the students that there are consequences for poor attendance, further instilling the importance of attendance and education. This is just a small step further than the elementary …show more content…
One study compared the following: explicitly required attendance with adverse affect on grade, implicitly encouraged attendance with no adverse affect on grade and explicitly not required attendance with no adverse affect on grade. The conclusion of this study was that professors get the type of attendance they encourage and policy they adopt. The more students were required and/or encouraged to attend class, the better was attendance and, if a student missed frequently, that student was less likely to do well in that course (Judith Levine). Another study done by Robert M. Schmidt also concluded that the impact of time spent in class was crucial to increased academic performance as the student could not participate in classroom discussions and lectures. Thus, the student is missing out on fundamental learning experiences that they cannot gain from home. The results of the test reinforced that a student making an effort to be in their class everyday advance more so than those that miss class and try to cram for exams. (Richard C.

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