Why is Attendance Important?

Regular school attendance has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.  Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day.  Additionally, investments in teaching and learning are maximized when students attend school on a daily basis. Student success is directly related to regular attendance.  Therefore, the school district is committed to efforts to increase attendance notifications and communication to parents to help students build healthy habits around school attendance.


How Are Our Schools Funded?

Cabrillo Unified School District 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.  To receive money from the State, the student must actually be present in class.  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.

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

Please visit the links below to learn more about how your child’s attendance affects their success.


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