School Every Day Matters! Join us this September in raising awareness.
September 1, 2015
Locally, this is an initiative between AttendanceWorks and Hartford's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, including our United Way, Hartford Public Schools, Achieve Harford!, City of Hartford, Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford Public Library, and Mega Education to increase community awareness about the importance of daily attendance, and to inspire action to get students into their classroom seats. #SchoolEveryDay
September is Attendance Awareness Month. Did you know? Missing just 2 days of school a month means a child misses 10 percent of the school year.
One in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss at least 18 days of school - a full 10 percent of the school year. Only 17 percent of those kids will read on grade level after 3rd grade, research shows. By middle school, chronic absence is one of the leading indicators of dropping out. And by 9th grade, it's a better predictor of dropping out than test scores.
That's why we are coming together to support Attendance Awareness Month in September. In partnership with AttendanceWorks, we're asking parents, schools, city agencies, community nonprofits, businesses and others to deliver the message that attendance matters for success in school and in life, and that absences can easily add up to academic challenges.
If you're not in the seat, you can't compete!
For help with issues of transportation, uniforms, or health concerns you can contact The Hartford Public Schools Welcome Center or your school's administrator. The good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve. While addressing some attendance barriers-such as health, poor transportation, and unstable housing-can often require longer-term strategies, everyone can make a difference by helping students and families understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever possible is critical to realizing their hopes and dreams.You can help your child succeed in school by building a habit of good attendance early.
How many absences are too many?
18 absences in a single school year - excused or unexcused - can keep your child from succeeding in school and in life. Just 18 absences can make your child fall behind and be knocked off track.
6 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Child In School and On Track for Success:
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
- Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has their vaccinations before school begins.
- Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
- Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
For more local attendance information, please visit www.HartfordSchools.org/AttendanceMatters
COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND EDUCATORS:
Improving student attendance is an essential, cost-effective but often overlooked strategy for ensuring our students are on-track to learn and succeed. Nationwide, as many as one out of 10 students is chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of school days, or nearly a month. Too often, we don't realize how quickly absences add up: Missing just two days every month can cause a child to miss 10 percent of the school year and fall behind. Chronic absence is a leading, early warning indicator of academic trouble and later dropout.
Here you'll find tools and resources to help you bring attention to Attendance Awareness Month as a key priority in your community.
The AttendanceWorks site that has everything you could need:
Concepts and Messages:
The Attendance Works materials toolkit: