Why Independent Study Should be Used Sparingly and Only in Case of Emergency

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•  Regular attendance is vital to a student’s success in school. A student who is frequently absent misses social interaction and direct instruction from his/her teachers even though written work can be made up. Any day or hour absent is a missed learning opportunity.
•  Research shows that in the long term, students who attend school are less likely to drop out of school, and are more likely to attend college and earn higher salaries. Consistent attendance also allows students to develop strong relationships with their peers and school staff.
•  Students with high rates of absenteeism often have lower grades, miss critical learning experiences that could help them master academic material, struggle in classes and need intervention, and are more likely to drop out of school.