Attendance Matters

  • Students who attend school regularly feel better about school and themselves. So, build the habit of good attendance early! Good attendance helps students do well in school, college, and at work.

    • Preschoolers build skills and develop good habits for showing up on time!
    • Elementary students read by the end of 3rd grade!
    • Secondary students stay on track to graduate!
    • College students earn their degrees!
    • Workers succeed in their jobs!

    If you are facing challenges related to health care, unstable housing, transportation, or lack of food, your school can help. Let us connect you to services for the family. Contact your school or the NTPS Family & Youth Resource Center >>.

    Check student attendance anytime online through Family Access >>

    Please contact your student's school directly if:

    • Your student will be, is, or was absent as soon as reasonably possible.
    • You have a question about an automated message you've received.

    We define three levels of attendance: regular, at-risk, and chronically absent.

    • Regular Attendance: absent less than 5% of school days.
    • At-risk Attendance: absent between 5% and 9% of school days.
    • Chronically Absent Attendance: miss 10% or more school days, regardless of the reason–that's 18 days in a school year or 2 days per month.

    Awareness of chronic absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and communities to make informed decisions regarding missing school. NTPS is dedicated to providing the best educational experience for our students, and part of that is reducing chronic absenteeism.

    NTPS uses a Multi-Tiered System of Support framework to support student attendance. Tier 1 represents universal strategies to encourage regular attendance for all students. Tier 2 provides early intervention for students who need more support to avoid chronic absences. Tier 3 offers intensive support and interventions for students facing the greatest challenges in getting to school.

Attendance Interventions

  • After 3 UNEXCUSED absences in a month

  • No later than 7 UNEXCUSED absences in a month

  • After 7 UNEXCUSED absences in a month and not later than 15 cumulative in a whole school year