Present, engaged & active in class


Chronic absence refers to learners missing an extended period of school when both excused and unexcused absences are taken into account. In a typical school calendar approximately 10 to 15 days are lost each year due to health related reasons.

Learners suffering from allergies and chronic illnesses such as asthma are likely to lose more days of learning due to illness. Learners have to be present and engaged in order to learn. That is why the discovery that thousands of our youngest students are academically at-risk because of extended absences is as remarkable as it is consequential.

Learners who lose more than 15 school days in a full school calendar are likely to produce poor grades, suffer from disengagement in schoolwork and be unsociable. To keep learners present, engaged and active in school can never be underestimated, consider the following options to achieve this:

  • Make sure that your child is not avoiding school because they are bullied or doesn’t have any friends. Address these issues immediately.
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  • Monitor your child’s health each and every day through simple observation and record any new developments in a journal.
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  • Make up time to talk to learners in your class about health and any new health related information of interest to them.
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  • Visit a doctor or general practitioner for regular check-ups for your children.
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  • Report to the teacher if any new health related developments or observations which might be of concern.
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  • Keep a small dispensary of medicine or first aid box at home for administering medication when needed.
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