Be Here PG: Attendance Resources for Families

Highlighting The Importance of School Attendance for Students
Be Here PGWelcome to Prince George County Public Schools' Be Here PG attendance resources portal. This webpage serves as the place to learn more about the important role our community serves in fostering good attendance habits to help the children of Prince George County succeed. 
Explore this page for more information about attendance and supports available to Prince George County Public Schools' families, along with valuable resources from Attendance Works, a non-profit initiative that partners schools, districts, states, communities and organizations to ensure that everyone recognizes that chronic absence is a serious issue that can be addressed using a positive, problem-solving approach.

Did You Know?

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or may be held back.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
Attending school is crucial for a child's academic and social development. Regular attendance ensures that students do not miss out on important lessons and discussions, which can impact their grades and overall academic success. Additionally, being present in the classroom allows students to interact with their peers and build important social skills.
Data shows when students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

Valuable Resources

Attendance Works provides valuable resources for families to understand the importance of school attendance and how parents/guardians can help support their children's academic success through consistent, regular school attendance.

Tips for Families

Being in school is important for the academic success of students and their ability to receive valuable instruction, while also building important social skills with their peers. Here are some tips to help ensure your child is able to build good attendance habits throughout their time in school:
  • Make school attendance a priority, discussing the importance of being in school daily.
  • Ensure children are maintaining daily routines, such as finishing homework and get a good night's sleep.
  • Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session by reviewing the district's calendar.
  • Know the district's attendance policy.
  • Connect with your child's school, other parents, or community agencies if you need support.
Attendance Works