May Attendance Challenge

Network 6 Parents:

CPS Network 6 is challenging each of its schools (list here) to a perfect month of May attendance! This is why, how it works and how you can help.

Research tells us that students who are in school each and every day, on time and ready to learn build essential skills faster and stronger than their peers who do not have strong attendance rates.

For example, research has found (from

  • Students who missed at least 20 days of school per year had lower grades and were more likely to drop out than students with better attendance.
  • Attendance in the early grades is critical to sustaining school readiness skills.
  • Students who arrived at school academically ready to learn — but then missed 10% of their kindergarten and first grade years — scored an average of 60 points below similar students with good attendance on third-grade reading tests.
  • Attendance during freshman year is a key indicator of whether students would finish high school. The study also found attendance and studying more predictive of dropout than test scores or other student characteristics. In fact, 9th grade attendance was a better predictor of dropout than 8th grade test scores.
  • Students can begin to reverse their academic difficulties if they improve their attendance.
  • Parents who believe attendance is very important tend to have children with better attendance rates.
  • Please support your child and your school community by committing to a perfect month of

May! The great news is we’re not looking at previous attendance, just the month of May. May has 20 days of attendance—20 very important days of learning for your child and your school.

Schools have an opportunity to earn some a-MAY-zing prizes for their students. From field trips to author visits and from a Network 6 sponsored awards assembly to school spirit wear, we’ve got some great rewards for those top schools whose children commit to 100% attendance in the month of May—but it starts with your child and strong daily attendance each and every day in May!

We thank you for supporting your child’s education and an a-May-zing month of attendance in Network 6!

Herald “Chip” Johnson, Network 6 Chief of Schools

Brian Zehr, Network 6 Attendance Coordinator


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