It is a good idea to have your child participate in the meeting if possible. Your child can share what is going on from their point of view. Your child can also hear you and the staff at the school working together to try to figure out how to support them. That can be powerful for a young person – to know you and the adults at school care about them and care about them being in school. If you think there might be some difficult conversations in the meeting, think about having your child attend for part of the time. At the meeting, you and your child can share your thoughts on why your child has been absent and ideas for how to reduce the absences. You will have the chance to hear from the staff at school what ideas they have to help, and also what might come next if your child continues to miss school.