Attendance: Every Day Counts

Every day in school, students 
  • Learn new words, a new math skill, a new science theory or another new academic skill 
  • Learn how to be independent and responsible — skills they need to be successful throughout their lives
  • Explore new subjects that open doors to a future career
According to Maryland state law, students up to the age of 17 are required to attend school (download a flyer). Baltimore City Public Schools tracks student attendance carefully, including excused and unexcused absences, half-day attendance, and lateness. And parents and guardians can help students develop good attendance habits by following these simple tips.
Want to find out about your child's attendance? Families receive a phone call at the end of every day that a student is absent — so make sure your school has your most up-to-date phone number. Plus, families can check student attendance anytime through Parent Portal