Teens who leave school check out little by little, until they finally feel so disconnected that they decide not to return. And they usually start out by skipping a few classes.
Step in now if your teen has started skipping class:
• Express the importance of attendance. It is one key to success in high school. When he applies for a job, employers may look at his school attendance record when deciding whether to hire him. No one wants to hire a person with a record of not showing up.
• Let him know that you expect him to be in class unless he’s sick or there’s an emergency at home.
• Tell your teen you have confidence in his ability to learn. But that can’t happen unless he goes to class.
• Find someone who can get through to you teen if you are not able. Ask someone he trusts and admires—maybe an older teen who has already graduated—to have a frank talk with him.
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