Dear WCIS Parents,
As a new administration takes charge of the Whitley County School District, there is a district-wide focus to raise student and staff attendance. When students and staff come to school regularly, there is a benefit to both our school and the district.
We are planning several different challenges throughout the school year. We are in a district-wide competition with Central Primary and Pleasant View. Last school year, Pleasant View narrowly beat our yearly attendance percentage. We look forward to reclaiming our title of “District Top Attendance School.” Please help us attain this goal by making sure your child attends school 100% of the time.
We also plan to have inner grade competitions within our own building. We will be having monthly attendance challenges with various incentives for our students.
Below are some attendance tips to help your child have a successful school year!
To clarify the following attendance terms...
- Truancy – refers only to unexcused absences. It signals the potential need for legal intervention under state compulsory education laws.
- Chronic Absence – missing 10% or more of school for any reason – excused, unexcused, etc. It is an indication that a student is academically at risk due to missing too much school starting in Kindergarten. To put this in perspective, chronic absences in a quarter would begin around 4 days.
Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school. Poor attendance isn’t just a problem for high school. It can start as early as kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.