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The SRVUSD wants to build awareness around the importance of regular attendance at school for all students. Students who attend school regularly have higher academic outcomes than those who are absent, even if it is only for a few days. Every student. Every day. With a few rare exceptions, that is our goal. We want you here!

We know that when students feel safe and connected at school attendance goes up and absenteeism goes down. To complement the District's focus on social emotional health, the 2019-2020 attendance theme is We Want You Here! We are focusing on building positive relationships with all students to help create campus cultures where students choose to be at school because they feel connected, wanted and safe when they are there. 

There are almost 32,000 students enrolled in the SRVUSD. To be totally transparent, our attendance rates are high, but we can do better. In the 2017-2018 school year, the SRVUSD attendance rate was 96.89%. In the 2018-2019 school year, the SRVUSD attendance rate was 96.93%. The daily rate of attendance is a calculation of the enrollment on each day divided by the number of students who actually attended on that day. We are encouraged that after launching our Attendance Counts campaign in the 2018-19 school year, our attendance rates went up. We hope to continue that progress with this year's focus on building connections and our We Want You Here campaign. 

Improving attendance is not only good for students, but it is important for the financial health of the District, as well. It is important to understand that the SRVUSD is the 2nd lowest funded unified school district in California. Every dollar counts in being able to deliver the quality programs that we want for our students. The SRVUSD receives its funding from the State of California based on a formula that is calculated using the number of students that attend school in our District. This number is often referred to as ADA -- which stands for Average Daily Attendance. So, to get money from the State, it is not enough to just be enrolled in the schools, but the students must actually be present in class.

Since we know that student success is tied to regular attendance and we know that State funding is tied to regular attendance, we know that having every student in school every day needs to be our goal.

Of course, sick students need to stay home and get better. But in the SRVUSD, many of our students’ absences can be attributed to reasons other than illness. Some of those reasons include:

  • Extended long weekends or breaks
  • Travelling
  • Non-CIF/SRVUSD operated sports, arts and other events or tournaments.

Additionally, what you may not know about attendance is that the State does not count excused absences in the ADA for funding purposes. If a student is absent for any reason, we do not get funding for that student for that day. Each day that a student misses school, the District loses approximately $70.

By providing information about the importance of regular attendance, we hope that families will take a fresh look at their child(ren)’s attendance habits and begin to understand the impact that missing even one day can have on their education and on the District, as a whole.