SEPTEMBER IS ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH
As we promote Attendance Awareness Month, we are urging all students to be in attendance at school every day. Research has proven that students who attend school daily, perform better academically. Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning.
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#schooleveryday Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. #schooleveryday #ALattendanceawareness
Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom, starting in kindergarten and even pre-k, especially for the most vulnerable populations. #schooleveryday
Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days. Once too many absences occur, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. #schooleveryday
Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when the whole community works with, families and schools. #schooleveryday #ALattendanceawareness
Chronic absence, missing 10 percent or more of the school year does not just affect the students who miss school. #schooleveryday #ALattendanceawareness
PARENTS SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO COME TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY.
There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to encourage students to be in school on time, every day. Last September, there were 604,312 recorded absences in our state. For the entire 2013-14 school year, there were 7,024,152 absences, equal to more than 49 million hours of missed instruction and learning.
Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to affect achievement through high school. Chronic absenteeism is missing 10% (18 to 20 days) or more of school for any reason. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school.
Therefore, September has been proclaimed “Alabama Attendance Awareness Month” in support of a national campaign to increase the understanding for educators, parents, students, and community partners of the major impact school attendance has on the success rates, both academically and behaviorally, of our students.