When it’s cold and snowy outside, nothing sounds better than a warm pair of pajamas and a mug of cocoa. We all suffer from that nearly irresistible urge to turn off the alarm clock and burrow under the covers. But we get up and come to work, knowing there are important things to accomplish and rewards that outweigh a few extra hours of sleep.
The same is true for your child’s education. At St. Louis Public Schools, every day counts. Teachers, principals, and staff use every school day to teach, inspire, encourage, and support students. Missing even one day can put your child behind.
Oftentimes, a few hours at the end of the semester is set aside to celebrate the season and reward students for their hard work. These activities may not appear to be directly linked to academics, but we have learned that a quality education is much more than a grade on a report card. Children grow when they participate in events such as field trips, band concerts, school dances, and volunteer service.
Along with the educational and social benefits of attending school regularly, every school district in Missouri receives funding based on average daily attendance—not enrollment. Fewer students at school means less money from the state for SLPS to provide valuable programs, technology, equipment, and curriculum materials. More kids in class—even during the last few days of the semester—can help the District provide additional opportunities for students throughout the school year.
In closing, I want to wish all SLPS families a happy and safe holiday season. We hope to see your children in our classrooms every day through December 19 and look forward to welcoming them back when school starts up again on January 6. Happy Holidays!