This is where I draw the line with parents. We have to do our part by sending the students to school on the first day. We have to be accountable for making sure our children are in their classroom and ready to start the new school year fresh.
It’s no one else’s responsibility to get them up and get them there. I know the old mindset was, “oh, it’s the first day, they won’t miss much.” For some parents, it’s the whole first week.
The truth is that they miss a lot.
The first days of school are filled with introductions.
- Introductions to the teacher’s grading rubric
- The teacher’s classroom schedule
- Up and coming important projects. \
- Important supplies needed
- The opportunity to meet classmates.
- Whether or not your child gets the class they want.
If your child is in high school, he or she may miss an important assignment. Yep, even on the first day.
What most parents don’t understand is that your child runs the risk of losing their seat at the school as well. No call, no show can mean you are forced to search for a new school.
Summer learning loss is another reason students need to be present on the first day. If not engaged in educational programs, students lost a lot more than you know on summer vacation. Get them there, make sure of it, promise yourself.
Some teachers and staff have spent the entire month in professional development workshops to be what our children need. Principals are planning on greeting students in style and learning needs to start from day one. If this is the school you’ve chosen to send your kids to, show up prepared; let’s make a pact with one another to make sure we show up everyday.
One-three days of class missed per month for students costs them a year of learning. This may be old news but let me tell you my story. My daughter missed so much school last year due to illness that each time it took weeks for her to catch up. It also affected her emotionally. She was so upset when she fell behind. I recall a conversation where she told me “Mom, I planned on really doing well this year. I feel bad that I didn’t make honor roll.” She felt defeated. I had to encourage her and we pushed through it. She still did not finish as strong as she had hoped.
Just say, for instance, that you are like the parent I used to be. You are holding multiple seats in the district waiting for the perfect one to call. Make the best choice! Choose which seat is best for your child. Notify the other schools that your child will not be attending and let someone else have the seat.
Don’t we want schools to be more open about where their seats are? Don’t hold on to one you know you have no plans to use. Don’t let your children stay home because you have not decided if we will send them to school A or B. Again, they lose out.
All of that being said, make your children show up and Show Up Ready!