Attendance matters. All day. Every day.

Students benefit in many ways from being in school: in their academic growth, in their social-emotional growth, and in the supportive relationships they build with their peers, teachers and other staff members.

Attendance matters in a student's success starting as early as kindergarten. Missing even two days every month – chronic absence – causes students to fall behind. By sixth grade, chronic absence is a leading predictor that a student will drop out of high school. By ninth grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than eighth-grade test scores.

The City School District of Albany is committed to working with families and community partners to remove barriers to good attendance.