• Be an Attendance Hero



    Make school part of your family's daily life.

    Establish routines that your family sticks to every day and make sure the children in your family follow them. Have specific times for waking up, starting homework, and going to bed. Check in with your child in the evening to ask about her or his day at school. Monitor the use of electronics at night to make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep.


    Keep in touch with your child's school.

    Make sure your contact information is up to date in your child’s school. Maintain contact with your child's teachers to keep up with what's being taught and to keep an eye on your child's progress.  You can also check your child's attendance through the Skyward Portal. It’s the best, 24/7 way, to access schedules, attendance, grades, and more.


    Have a back-up plan in place.

    Connect with other parents or members of your community to make a list of people you can reach out to for help for days that things don't go according to plan.  Sometimes you will need help with things like getting your child to or from school. 


    Know how things work.

    Know the school’s attendance policy. Understand what's being taught in the classroom and how you can help.


    Plan ahead.

    Review the school district calendar and schedule vacations, doctor and dental visits, and other appointments during school breaks or on the weekend, whenever possible.


    Work together.

    Help your child with homework daily to send the message that you care about his/her success. Be sure to let your child's school know when he or she needs to miss school if you know in advance. If your child has to be absent from school, arrange to get a make-up packet from your child's teacher and complete the work with your student or ask a family member or friend to help out.


    Excused (verified) absences:

    • illness
    • death in the family
    • medical appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours
    • family emergency
    • religious holiday
    • school-sponsored events
    • court appointment
    • counseling appointment
    • in-school and out-of-school suspension

    Unexcused absences:

    • family vacations
    • employment issues
    • cutting classes

    Family Resources


    Family and Community Engagement Office (FACE)

    Parents are welcome to call our Family and Community Engagement office to get answers to questions about our policies, initiatives and look for help to resolve concerns.

    Please visit or contact:

    379 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903

    Phone: (401) 456-0686  |  Fax: (401) 456-9105  |  e-mail: face@ppsd.org


    Attendance Works 

    Attendance resource partner.


    United Way of RI  2-1-1 

    Assistance with housing, food, childcare, and much more.


    Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center 

    Domestic violence advocate.

Contact Us

  • Do you have questions about PPSD Attendance hero campaign or would you like to speak to someone about your child's attendance? Please send an email to BK Nordon here.  In your email, state your name, your position (student, parent, employee & employee title), and how we can help.

    The attendance team is looking forward to working with families to make all of our students attendance heroes. Let’s win the battle against chronic absenteeism together!


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