Multiple Absences

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Dear (name of parent/guardian),

We are writing to you to inform you that your child, (name of student), has been absent for (amount of days). We want to put this on your radar so that we can work together to make sure (name of student) improves their attendance rate.

Studies show that parents’ initial reaction to bad grades is to physically punish their children, and how harmful this approach is. Your child’s brain is still growing and can be easily affected. A study done through Harvard Medical School shows that hitting your child can reduce the size of the brain area responsible for many important functions. These functions include muscle control, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. Another study done by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shows that physically punishing children is correlated with lower IQ scores. Science shows that hitting is harmful and ineffective, but it also shows that there are effective alternatives.

If you are feeling frustrated by your child’s behavior, we want to provide some steps you can take to hopefully limit this stress. We hope these steps will also provide emotional support for your child.

  • When you, the caregiver, feel frustrated, take a step back and wait to address the problem until you are feeling calm
  • Encourage your child to meet with our school counselor
  • Remind your child that you are proud of them
  • Have a calm conversation with your child about why they have been absent

We recognize that absences are often out of your control, but we believe that showing up to school is an important step in being successful. We would love to work with you to figure out a way to ensure your child attends school and discuss options moving forward. While physical punishment may seem like an appropriate, short-term response, it has negative long-term effects. We value the safety and comfort of our students and their families. Please help us enforce our No Hit Zone Policy to ensure that our school is a space where your child can thrive.

Sincerely,

 

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Please reach out to any of the following people if you have questions about our new policy and/or your child’s academic success or emotional health.

 

Name (Teacher)                       Name (Principal)                     Name (School Counselor)

Phone number                        Phone number                          Phone number

Email                                         Email                                          Email

 

 

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