If your school uses GO 4 Schools, they can add the GO 4 Schools mobile app to make it even easier for you to see your timetable, homework, behaviour records, attendance, etc. What you will see depends on which GO 4 Schools modules your school has subscribed to. View the Mobile App - Quick Start Guide for further details.
The GO 4 Schools Student App is free for students to download from the Apple and Android App stores, but you will not be able to log in unless your school has a current GO 4 Schools subscription that includes the App, and they have granted you access.Your school will let you know if and when they have added the App to the school's subscription.
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Going to school is a necessary part of growing up. To keep school and stress-free as possible, you can learn to prepare for any level of school, get through your day with as little hassle as possible, and try to have some fun along the way.
Missing school and skipping class is consequential. Using variation in attendance caused by inclement weather, one study estimated that each additional absence reduced math achievement by 0.05 standard deviations, suggesting that attendance can account for up to one-fourth of the achievement gap by income.[iii] A similar study using data on students in Philadelphia found that living farther from school increased absences and resulted in lower grade point averages and test scores.[iv]
Note: Includes only students in schools that have 6-8 total periods per day. Rates represent the percentage of class meetings on which student was marked absent that period, on days that student was marked tardy or present in at least one other class (i.e., part-days).
School, in general, and specific classes, in particular, also can be unpleasant experiences for students. More than one in four (28 percent) U.S. students between the ages of 12 and 18 say they have been bullied at school.[vi] This bullying ranges from being made fun of to being threatened with harm to actual physical contact and it happens in classrooms as well as in hallways and bathrooms and locker rooms.[vii] It also has long-run negative consequences for students.[viii] Even without direct bullying, some classes can be painful experiences, with the work either far too easy or far too difficult or the instruction too tedious for engagement.
Should we care about keeping students in school and in class Yes. Even holding constant test performance, students with a high school degree are far better positioned for economic success than those without. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median weekly earnings of high school degree holders (with no more advanced education) is $678 compared to $493 for those without, while the relevant unemployment rates are 5.4 percent compared to 8.0 percent.[xiii] Moreover, recent research provides evidence that the returns to degrees has gone up relative to returns to skills.[xiv] In fact, this research finds that holding test scores constant, the benefits of having a high school degree doubled from the 1980s to the 2000s.
Scolionophobia is an intense fear of school that stays with your child for a long time. It's not a clinical diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). But some healthcare providers view it as similar to specific phobias.
Many children feel reluctant to go to school at some point. But children with scolionophobia feel insecure or anxious at the thought of going to school. They may even become physically ill. A child with scolionophobia often misses many days of school for vague or unknown reasons.
Children are more likely to develop school phobia if they have a caregiver who tends to be overprotective. Some children are naturally more anxious than others. Children are also more likely to fear school if they are:
Children with mild scolionophobia symptoms may work with a caregiver or teacher to overcome school-related fears. If symptoms are severe or related to another mental health diagnosis, children may benefit from:
Yes. Some children have a crippling fear of completing schoolwork. The fear of homework is called devwahrphobia. If children with devwarhphobia feel like they have too much schoolwork to do, they may have a panic attack or other extreme anxiety symptoms.
Scolionophobia is the extreme fear of school. It's not a formal diagnosis, but many experts treat it like a specific phobia. Some children who have scolionophobia become physically ill at the thought of going to school. They may miss a significant amount of school for vague or unexplained reasons. Children with minor symptoms can work with a teacher or caregiver to decrease school-related anxiety. If symptoms are more extreme, therapy or medication can help these children.
Being sure that a child is well enough to go to school can be tough for any parent. It often comes down to whether the child can still participate at school. Having a sore throat, cough, or mild congestion doesn't always mean kids can't handle class and other activities.
Lice, scabies, and ringworm shouldn't keep kids out of school. If the problem is found by the teacher or school nurse, the child should stay in school until the end of the day. Kids who get their first treatment after school should be able to return to the classroom the next morning.
Broadly speaking, earlier starts are more common in the South and Southwest: In a rough band of 13 states stretching from Arizona to Florida and up to South Carolina, 79% of the districts we examined will be back in school by the end of this week. Later starts are more common along the East Coast (from Maine to North Carolina), the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan) and the Northwest (Oregon and Washington).
All told, 124 of the districts in our sample (representing 29% of students) are starting school between Aug. 12 and Aug. 16, making it the most popular start week. Another 74 districts (with 14% of students) went back earlier this summer; 93 (19% of students) will start up again next week.
The teen years are difficult to maneuver in the first place, but add mental health issues, including anxiety disorders such as social anxiety or depression, and they can be overwhelming. Your child may not feel up to interacting with peers and teachers, doing schoolwork, or participating in extracurricular activities.
If your teenager is repeatedly refusing to go to school, communicate with teachers or school counselors so they know why your child is struggling to get to class and can provide extra support. For example, school staff may wish to discuss setting up a 504 plan. 504 plans include accommodations that help eligible students be successful at school, such as providing a tutor to assist with difficult subjects or allowing extra time to complete homework assignments.
Communicate your expectation and help your teen work through any concerns one step at a time. Point out the natural consequences of repeatedly not going to school, such as a negative impact on their grades and less time with friends.
Be cautious about offering rewards for school attendance, as that could lead your teen to hide their true feelings or concerns. This could make it more difficult to address the issues your child is facing.
Many teens experience anxiety about attending school. They may have anxious thoughts and feelings about school for a variety of reasons, including social and academic ones. And the COVID-19 pandemic has added even more stress and anxiety to heading back to class.
When anxiety becomes more and more pronounced, some teens may begin to refuse to go to school. School refusal can easily result when teens are feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the events happening in their classes and/or among friends. This article will provide parents with suggestions on how to best support their teen when anxiety begins to interfere with school attendance.
Teens may experience anxiety about school and refuse to go for a variety of reasons. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 2-5% of children and teens experience anxiety-related school refusal. Teens might also refuse to go when making a transition into middle or high school.
Another issue that can keep teens at home is a somatic symptom. This means that a teen may be experiencing a psychological issue (anxiety, depression, etc.) but it is showing up as a stomachache, headache, or bodily aches. Frequently, these aches can occur the night before school or the morning of school, and seem to not occur on the days when there is no school. Sadly, some parents might remain focused on the physical symptom without making the connection and supporting their teen with the anxiety or psychological problem.
These are suggestions for supporting your teen when they refuse to go to school as a result of anxiety or emotional distress. As suggested above, it may be best to also seek the support of a mental health provider.
You can also seek advice from trusted teachers and counselors at your high school. Along with giving you guidance, they might be able to put you in touch with other undocumented students who have successfully enrolled in college or with college admission counselors who can help you. 59ce067264