Attendance Matters


  • School Success Begins with Attendance

    Attendance matters for success in school and in life and absences can easily add up to academic trouble. 

    When it comes to school, students who miss school... miss out.

    Attendance boosts student achievement, improves the quality of your child's educational experience, and it prepares them for college, good careers, and a chance for success in life. Studies show that over an adult's working life, high school graduates can expect to earn, on average,$1.2 million.**

    Being in school every day is important. For every day of school missed, it takes two or more days for a student to catch up. Except in the case of illness, most school absences can be avoided with a little extra effort.

    Parents, help us to eliminate absences that can be prevented by working:

    • to schedule medical and other appointments outside school hours.
    • by making sure your children get plenty of sleep.
    • by making sure they get to school on time, every day!
    • to call the school office or send in a note to make sure an absence is not logged as “unexcused.”

    Give your child every opportunity to succeed in Waco ISD and graduate to success, by encouraging them to be here and get ahead.



Contact Us

  • 501 Franklin Ave.
    P.O. Box 27
    Waco, TX 76703-0027
    Phone: (254) 755-9473

Take Action

  • Addressing chronic absence is typically not a solo sport. Our work has shown that the best efforts to reduce chronic absence involve a while school, district, or community. The good news is that when schools and communities work together to provide a comprehensive, tiered system of supports to students and families - that address the reasons for student absences- they can turn chronic absence around. 

    By working together, all of us - educators, schools, public officials, public agencies, civic organizations, businesses, families, and students- can help all children get to school every day so they have an opportunity to learn, flourish and realize their dreams. 

    Waco ISD uses a variety of interventions, preventive measures, resources and strategies so everyone benefits.