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September is Attendance Awareness Month

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The first month of the school year is an important landmark and, in terms of attendance, can indicate how the rest of the year is going to go.

Because of the importance of a strong start, September has been designated as Attendance Awareness Month. The trend of chronic absence can start as early as kindergarten and persist through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to dropout rates. School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don’t realize how quickly absences, excused or unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence— missing just 18 days per school year— can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school.

During Attendance Awareness Month, the district is asking school leaders, parents and students to act upon these critical first steps to help stem chronic absenteeism in their schools:

• Build a habit and a culture of regular attendance;
• Use data to monitor when chronic absence is a problem; and
• Identify and solve barriers to getting children to school.

Every school day counts and everyone can make a difference. Join us this September for the launch of Attendance Awareness Month.

For additional tips and information about Attendance Awareness Month, visit www.attendanceworks.com.

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