Hello McKay Families and Community,

Our vision is ‘Every student graduates college and career ready.’  As we get the new school year off to a successful start, it is important to address this issue of chronic absenteeism.   Last year one in three students at McKay were considered chronically absent.  This means these students attended less than 90% of the time. This impacts student learning and achievement at a foundational level and results in fewer students walking across the graduation stage.

Here are some key findings:

  • Students who attend school regularly are 172% more likely to graduate.
  • Missing just two days of school each month results in an entire month of lost instruction.
  • Arriving tardy to school matters. Being consistently 15 minutes late to school results in missing two weeks of instruction each year.
  • When too many students miss class, this impacts all students as instruction is slowed.

It is important to note that research has shown a correlation between student attendance in school and work attendance later in life.  Habits built throughout a student’s K-12 career is carried into adulthood.  This also connects to employability.  Missing class results in missing important skill development for success after high school.

As principal, I want to challenge us as a community to do better.  We have strong attendance systems in place this year to address this issue.  We are also celebrating our students who meet or exceed our target of 90% attendance.   We realize that it requires a school-home partnership to ensure our students are fully supported.  I am asking us to work together to improve attendance at McKay.  Please work with us by communicating with your student the importance of regular attendance and getting to school on-time.

If you want to discuss the importance of regular attendance or resources we have available to support students and families please call me directly at 503.399.3080.

Sincerely,

Rob Schoepper
Principal
McKay High School