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It's Attendance Awareness Month - Join Us!

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9/1/2016

When we reduce chronic absence, we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. While missing two days of school per month may seem relatively low, it has significant impacts on education. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Chronic absence is defined by missing 10% or more of school days, that’s just 18 days per year, and any type of absence has similar educational impacts. September is officially designated as Attendance Awareness month, and it’s no coincidence that students who miss two days of school this month, usually miss two or more days every month. Enumclaw School District Superintendent Mike Nelson, along with the teachers, staff and our leadership teams, are working towards reducing the overall chronic absence rate of 16% from the 2015-16 school year. By reducing the chronic absence rate, we aim to increase learning and engagement for each and every student in our district.

We ask each of our local citizens to join us in educating our community about the impacts of chronic absenteeism. Attendanceworks.org has a wealth of research backed information and a variety of tools. We encourage you to visit the website to learn more about this nation-wide issue and help take action. It’s takes the whole community to solve the problem.

*Facts and information in article from http://www.attendanceworks.org/
*Click the infographic below for an expanded view.

attendance works infographic