• School Attendance/Dropout Prevention

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    John F. Kennedy High School is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.  Your student can start building this habit in middle school, so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.  Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. 


    • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
    • Missing 10% (or about 18 days) increases the chances that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
    • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day to two every few weeks.
    • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
    • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher must slow down learning to help children catch up.
    • By 6th grade, absenteeism is 1 of 3 signs that a student may drop out of high school.
    • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
    • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
    • By 9th grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th-grade test scores.


    We miss your student they are gone, and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent, please contact the Attendance Office at 336.703.4143.


    We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our building prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, to communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.



    Marcus L. Sutton

    Attendance/Dropout Prevention

    Email: mlsutton@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

    Phone: 336.748.4000 ex. 74109




    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Attendance Protocol




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    North Carolina Compulsory Law

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    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    School Attendance and Student Accounting SASA Manual 2018-19



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Last Modified on November 1, 2021