City, county leaders, partner with LMSD to combat school truancy

From staff reports

The Louisville Municipal School District’s office of Compulsory School Attendance under the direction Stacy Goss-Spiva aims to get all students to improve attendance and get everyone in school.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill signed a proclamation recognizing September as School Attendance Awareness Month on August 18. City, county and LMSD officials were in attendance to recognized the importance of school attendance.

Under the Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law, parents and guardians are required to enroll their children in a public, private or home school. This law applies to children who have reached the age of six (6) and have not exceeded the age of seventeen (17) by September 1.

Children who have attained or will attaint the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 and have enrolled in a full-day public kindergarten will be under the Compulsory School Attendance Law.

City leaders, county officials, parents, school mentors, LMSD teachers and staff take a moment to recognize the importance of school attendance.

City leaders, county officials, parents, school mentors, LMSD teachers and staff take a moment to recognize the importance of school attendance.

Parents interested in teaching their children at home (home school) are required to contact the school attendance officer in their area to complete a certificate of enrollment.

Any parent, guardian or custodian who fails to comply with the compulsory school attendance law may be fined up to $1,000.00 and/or jailed for violation of the compulsory school attendance law.

LMSD Superintendent recognized Stacy Goss- Spiva efforts to improve school attendance.

Research finds it’s crucial that students have good attendance throughout the year in order to improve and prepare for the next school year or graduation.

Goss noted there is a strong relationship between regular attendance and academic and personal success. She says research indicates families, teachers, administrators and communities should promote good attendance habits early in preschool and kindergarten.

“When children are absent, whether it’s sporadically across the year or consecutively, there is a significant impact on their ability to learn and to be prepared for future instruction,” said Goss.

Tips for helping children with school attendance
Help your child be successful in school by helping him or her build a habit of good attendance. Studies show that missing school lowers test scores and can cause students to fall behind.

As parent, persons want to do all they can to ensure the success of our children. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause students to fall behind.

Missing 10 percent or about 18 days, can make it harder for students to learn to read. They can still fall behind by missing just a day or two every few weeks. Also, being late to school may lead to poor attendance. Poor attendance can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to help a child catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Every day is important. Good attendance at all ages helps children do well in high school, college and at work.

So what can you, as a parent, do? Start by setting a regular bedtime and morning routine. Get school clothes and backpacks ready the night before.

Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Complaints of stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety not a reason to stay home.

If your child seems anxious about going to school talk to teachers, the school counselor, or administrator for advice on how to make him or her feel comfortable and excited about learning. Have a back-up plan for getting to school if something comes up.

Ask a family member, neighbor, or another parent for assistance. Be sure to avoid making medical appointments and planning extended trips on school days. By doing these simple things you are helping to set your child up for a successful school year and future.

Attendance Workshop and Open House set
The Family Center Staff would like to welcome you back for the 2015-2016 school year. We are off to an awesome beginning! Our first special event will be our “Attendance Workshop.” The workshop will be hosted by Mrs. Stacy Spiva and will be held on September 10th at the Family Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The Open House will be hosted by the Family Center Staff and will be held at the Family Center on September 17th and 24th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Mayor Will Hill has proclaimed September as “Attendance Month.” Attendance is vital for your child’s success each day! You are also invited to meet the staff and become familiar with the Family Center during our “Open House.” Any questions, please contact us at 662-773-4018!

For more information, call Stacy Goss- Spiva at 662-779-2112, 662-803-9927, or 662-803-0937.