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Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| August 9, 2017
Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first-grade score lower on third-grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

Missing a few days a year for illness or travel is inevitable, but how can you minimize the impact of lost class time for your child? Here are some ideas:

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Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| September 7, 2016
Expect More Arizona bilingual report — Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade score lower on third grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

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Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

| July 18, 2016
Taking a Bite Out of School Absences

First Things First partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to coordinate a statewide oral health study including dental screenings of 3,630 kindergarten children attending Arizona’s public schools and a survey of their caregivers.

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Visits by NAU students help children prevent tooth decay, reduce school absences

| June 1, 2016
Visits by NAU students help children prevent tooth decay, reduce school absences

A Northern Arizona University dental hygiene outreach program is credited with helping reduce tooth decay among area children.

Several times each year, NAU dental hygiene students visit child care centers to provide oral health screenings, education and fluoride varnishes. The outreach is part of the Coconino County Smart Smiles Program.

A new report showed Arizona reduced the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated decay by eight percent compared with findings in a 2003 report.

The study, “Taking a Bite Out of School Absences: Children’s Oral Health Report 2016,” was conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services and First Things First, a statewide group promoting early childhood health and education.

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