How Does School Attendance Affect a Child

By Tamara Christine Van Hooser,,


Good attendance helps the teacher keep the whole class on target in the desired skills and makes it easier to provide quality lessons that challenge a child at her own achievement level. This affects a child’s perception of school as a desirable place to be, where she feels comfortable and competent.


School is also a place where children learn one-on-one social skills as well as group dynamics and how to follow routines and procedures. Your child can also practice how to share, handle transitions, disappointment and frustration, take turns physically and in conversation, sit quietly, and listen to and follow directions. So good attendance produces the greatest effect on your child in preparing him to be successful in his future workplace and relationships.


When (your child) gets a strong sense of competence and belonging at school, it discourages her from resorting to detrimental pursuits such as drugs, alcohol, gangs and crime, to meet those basic human needs.

Long-Term Aspirations

Good school attendance is the route to graduation and opens up many more opportunities for your child’s educational and career paths. Whether his future involves college or work or both, the discipline of showing up somewhere on time every day and meeting assignment deadlines is preparation for long-term success in whatever path he chooses.

Submitted by Lyla Stephens, Teacher