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National Attendance Awareness Month

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September is National Attendance Awareness Month. Help your child succeed in school. School success goes hand in hand with being in school every day!
Bring Attendance Home Video (English) https://vimeo.com/240840053
Bring Attendance Home Video (Spanish) https://vimeo.com/attendanceworks/attendanceworks-spanish
Did You Know?
*Many absences, even in kindergarten, can cause children to fall behind in school.
*Missing just a day or two every month can make it harder to learn to read by the third grade.
*Students with too many absences struggle to catch up, even with take-home assignments.
*All families have hopes and dreams for their children. Being in school every day will enable children to do well in school, and graduate from high school ready for work or college.
What Can You Do?
1) Develop a regular bedtime and morning routine.
2) Help your child lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
3) Make sure your child has the required shots before school starts.
4) Avoid missing school unless a child is truly sick and seek help if chronic illness is a challenge.
5) Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
6) If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other families for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
7) Reach out to a family member, a neighbor, or another parent if you are having trouble getting your student to school.
8) Arrange medical appointments when school is not in session.
9) Avoid extended vacations when school is in session.
10 Facts about Chronic Absenteeism
1) Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. 

2) Over 8 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. 
3) Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. 
4) Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. 
5) By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
6) Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
7) Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. 
8) When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. 
9) Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. 
10) Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

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Bring Attendance Home: Parent Video

In this new resource from Attendance Works, a variety of parents speak about the importance of school attendance and making sure absences don't add up. This video offers practical, every day steps parents can take to help their children attend school and highlights ways schools and communities can help reduce barriers to attendance.