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Counselors' Corner


We'd like to share very important facts supported by research about the importance of school attendance.


  1.  Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year.  Half of the students who miss 2-4 days in the first month of school go on to miss nearly a month of school!
  2. Absenteeism and its negative effects start early.  One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Poor attendance can influence whether children can read on grade level by third grade and possibly lead to retention.
  3. By the 6th grade, chronic absences can be a leading predictor that a student will drop out of high school.
  4. When students improve their attendance rate, they improve academic opportunities and greatly improve their chance to graduate from high school.
  5. A pattern of being chronically tardy also has a negative impact on student performance.  It  negatively impacts  that day because they start behind resulting in a constant struggle to catch up all day.  This often results in the child feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
  6. A strength at Barfield is that we focus as a team. Parents and students are vital members of the Barfield team.  Please join us in striving to address the importance of attendance and arriving on time. These are lifetime skills that will follow our children as we equip them for adulthood and opportunities of success in the present and future.
Barfield Elementary School Counselors
Jo Ann Graves           615-904-3810 Ext:  5    
Marylyn Caperton, 615-904-3810 Ext:  4