School Attendance/ Truancy Prevention

Did You Know...

School attendance is the single most importance factor for academic success! The fact is if your child is not in school, they cannot learn at the same rate as their peers and they will fall behind, putting them at greater risk for failure.

Research shows that students who attend school every day are more likely to graduate from high school, be college ready and be have a successful life. Students who miss school frequently are at greater risk for dropping out of school, incarceration, substance abuse and homelessness.

If your child misses at little as 8 days in a school term, by the end of elementary school they will have missed a complete year (180) days of school.

Being tardy for school hurts a child's learning. A student who is 10 minutes late for school every day will end up missing 30 hours of instruction during the year. That equals a full week of school!

New Bedford Public Schools' Attendance Officers are committed to helping all students reach their goals. They work closely with school administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses and community partners to ensure students are attending school regularly and following school rules.

Our Attendance Officers 

For more information contact your child's School Attendance Officer.

New Bedford High School

Shannon Nobrega

Dennis Golden

Sarah Dury

Keith Middle School, Hayden-Mcfadden, Kempton, Brooks, Rodman, Parker Elementary Schools

Maureen Walsh

Normandin Middle School, Pulaski, Swift, Campbell, Lincoln, Ashley Elementary Schools

Kelly Grace-Silva

Rosevelt Middle School, Gomes, Taylor, Hannigan, Congdon, DeValles Elementary Schools

Dan Shaughnessey

Trinity Day Academy/ Whaling City Alternative School, Carney, Hathaway, Winslow, Carlos Pacheco Elementary Schools

Peter Larkin- (508) 997-4511 Ext. 2427


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