Attendance Awareness Month

September 2014

This September we are encouraging parents and students to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month. Our goal is to start the school year off engaging everyone in raising awareness about the importance of attending school and building a culture of good attendance.

Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work!

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Key Things Every Parent Should Know about Absenteeism:

  • Children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days.
  • Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it - just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
  • Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years.
  • By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
  • Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating churn and slowing down instruction.