Attendance Awareness Month
September 12, 2017
September is Attendance Awareness Month! With the school year just beginning, now is the time to focus on building strong attendance practices for students. National data from 2013-2014 showed that 14% of all students (about 6.8 million students) were chronically absent. Engaging students is the key to attendance.
Boosting attendance at schools isn’t just the job of parents and students. This month is about raising awareness of the roles that everyone can play in creating a school environment that is safe, engaging and exciting.
- Early education providers can plant the seeds for good attendance habits when children are younger.
- Businesses can work with schools to provide incentives to students with improved attendance.
- Principals can help reduce chronic absences by monitoring attendance data and being intentional about the role of school attendance teams in conducting outreach to families.
- Health care providers can help by offering parents ways to help children get quality health care and educating them on the importance of attending school if kids are not truly sick.
- Agencies have joined together on the Mayor’s Every Day Counts! Taskforce. The group includes representatives from education, justice, and health groups in the administration, working together to create attendance policy.
- Community organizations like, Show Up, Stand Out, can help families overcome challenges that impede children from attending school like housing, transportation or employment.
Show Up, Stand Out’s core focus is helping children get to school every day. Our program focuses on why students are absent and what challenges they or their family need help in overcoming. SUSO community members work with parents to ensure children attend school and are engaged in learning.