True Blue Update
September 10, 2021
MPSD Announces Local Efforts to Celebrate the Attendance Awareness Campaign
Meridian Public School District has joined a nationwide effort to celebrate the Attendance Awareness Campaign in September and has pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year.
MPSD recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success. But far too many students are at risk academically because they are chronically absent. Chronic absence is described as missing 10 percent of the school year—or about 18 days – for any reason, excused or unexcused. That’s the point at which absenteeism begins to affect student performance, research shows.
Nationally, nearly 8 million students miss almost a month of school in excused and unexcused absences every year. Starting as early as kindergarten or even preschool, chronic absence predicts lower 3rd grade reading scores. By middle school, it’s a warning sign that students will fail key classes and drop out of high school.
Crestwood students learn about the importance of attending school daily
Leslie Jenkins, counselor at Crestwood Elementary, coordinated with Denise Todd, MDE Attendance Officer, to present to students the importance of being at school.
Three Important facts shared with students are:
- Missing TWO (2) days a month is considered CHRONIC absenteeism
- Poor attendance can influence their reading proficiency
- When attendance improves, a student improves their academic ability and chances for graduating.
September is "Attendance Awareness Month."
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