One of the most important things your child can do to achieve in school is also one of the most basic: going to school every day.

In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing her educational success.

Benefits of Daily Attendance

Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve  than students who don’t attend school regularly.

Opportunity: Being in school every day gives children a chance to learn more about what they can achieve with their future.

School Community: just by being present at school, your child becomes an important member of our school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

The Importance of Education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success.

Advice on achieving good attendance:

Some practical tips for parents to help children attend and enjoy their time at school from the Dont let your child miss out Leaflet from TUSLA.

    • Make education important in your home and let your child know it is not okay to miss school.
    • Listen to your child. Be interested in his or her news about school and ask about what he or she is doing.
    • Help your child to be proud of a good attendance record.
    • Build your child’s confidence by praising him or her when he or she does well.
    • Read letters and reports from the school and know the school rules.
    • Go to school meetings and get to know the teacher, staff and your child’s friends.
    • Don’t take family holidays during school term.
    • Be alert for reasons why your child may not want to go to school. If your child finds school work hard, talk to the school right away.

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Do send your child to school if…

  • They wake up late, – better late than never
  • They have a runny nose or a cough
  • They are tired—they can go to bed early, when they come home

Don’t send your child to school if…

  • They have a fever, vomiting, temperature or have diarrhea



It is very important to send in an absence note when your child returns to school.

All absences without notification are recorded as an Unexplained Absences:

  • If your child misses 15 days, you will be notified in writing. At this point our HSCL Teacher will call and discuss how we can best improve your child’s attendance.
  • If your child misses 20 days, you will be notified in writing and a report send to the Education Welfare Officer.

You can view our Attendance Policy in the Policies Section.

For more information see School Attendance – What Every Parent Needs to Know