Attendance and Attendance Officers
- Students chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by 3rd grade.
- Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
- Chronic absenteeism is the strongest predictor of dropping out of high school– even stronger than suspensions, tests scores and being overage for grade.
- Every minute counts: 5 minutes late each day equals 2 days of school lost, 15 minutes late equals 6 1/2 days, and 30 minutes late equals 13 days lost over the school year.
What is an Attendance Officer?
Attendance Officers serve the educational process by ensuring students develop and maintain good attendance practices and that parents support the attendance requirements of the school district. Attendance Officers make home visits to follow up after a student’s third unexcused absence. Attendance Officer’s are located at every Des Moines Schools Middle and High school.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is chronic absenteeism?
Students who miss 18 days or more in a school year are considered chronically absent. Students should miss no more than 9 days a year to stay engaged and on track for graduating.
How can I see my student’s attendance record?
By logging into the Infinite Campus parent portal, you can view attendance, grades and more. See your school office manager to receive log-in information or to obtain a current attendance record.
What do I need to do if my student is not able to attend school today?
Caregivers are required to notify the school each day their student will not be attending.
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Know your student’s teachers and have regular communication.
- Learn about your school attendance policy and what you need to do when your student will be absent.
- Schedule appointments and vacations during school breaks or after the school day.
- Allow your student to stay home from school only when truly sick.
- Develop a back-up plan for getting to school if something comes up such as car trouble.
DMPS Attendance Officers
- East High School: Jesus Cardoza and Laura Schurz
- Hoover High School: Dekow Sagar
- Lincoln High School: Mindi Jones (Lincoln Main) and Karen Sieg (Lincoln Rails)
- North High School: Jill Frank and Ronda Cedillo
- Roosevelt High School: Emily Burress
- Brody, McCombs and Weeks Middle Schools: Ashley Curl
- Callanan, Merrill and Meredith Middle Schools: Katie Mitchell
- Harding Middle School: Ronda Cedillo
- Hiatt, Hoyt and Goodrell Middle Schools: Jenny Moore