September is traditionally known as Back-To-School month, but it is also known as Attendance Awareness month, as declared by Attendance Works in 2013. Going to school every day is critical for student success, and frequent absences are should be treated as early warning signs for academic trouble, or dropping out as the student gets older.
- Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace.
- Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom.
- Chronic absence, missing 10 percent of the school year or more, does not just affect the students who miss school.
- We need to monitor how many days each student misses school for any reason – excused, unexcused, or suspensions – so we can intervene early.
- Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when the whole community, along with parents and schools, get involved in improving attendance.
- Relationship building is fundamental to any strategy for improving student attendance.
- Reducing chronic absence can help close achievement gaps.
High Schools can assist students with chronic absenteeism get back on track by implementing a dropout retrieval program, or online credit recovery program to re-engage students who are falling behind, while stressing the importance of attendance.