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Attendance Resources

West Des Moines Community Schools’ (WDMCS) role in preparing our students for postsecondary learning, careers, and life is best fulfilled when we are all HERE. Together, we play an important role in supporting student success.

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

A student is considered chronically absent if they miss 10 percent of school, which is 18 or more days in a year. This equals only two days a month.

Why Do We Need to Talk About It?

Research shows consistent attendance: 

  • helps children reach early academic and developmental milestones;
  • helps students develop positive relationships with peers and staff;
  • prevents students from falling behind academically;
  • connects families to additional community resources; and
  • increases graduation rates.

Attendance Resources