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Attendance Matters

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School success and good attendance go hand in hand. Ensure your child succeeds in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools by helping them build a habit of good attendance early. Attendance Matters is an initiative in District 196 that takes a proactive approach to making sure students are in school every day.

This initiative was launched in the 2018-19 school year and provides administrators and educators a renewed opportunity to dig deeper into the reasons for unexcused absences in an effort to keep kids in the classroom. The Attendance Matters initiative uses research and resources from the national Attendance Works program to highlight the seriousness of chronic absenteeism and the effects it has on learning, as well as strategies to improve attendance.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and beyond.

Did you know: Research shows when students attend school regularly, they feel more connected to their community, develop important friendships, strengthen social-emotional skills and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school.

Along with the state of Minnesota, we are providing information about implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the process the Minnesota Department of Education used to develop the Minnesota State ESSA Plan. Learn more about the North Star Excellence and Equity System/ESSA.

Dedicated to student success

At District 196, our highly competent educators and administrators are committed to educating students to reach their full potential. As a school district of choice, we have high academic standards and expectations for our students, and this starts with being prepared and in the classroom every day.

In accordance with District Policy 503.2AR, students are expected to attend class every day, with the exception of school-authorized and verified absences. Excessive absences may have adverse consequences.

Approximately 13.57 percent of District 196 students are identified as chronically absent, which means they have missed 18 or more days of school throughout the school year. (The national average is 14 percent.)

Printable resources are available below in English, Spanish and Somali.