September Attendance Awareness Month – Closing Remarks
Attendance is important everyday during the school year, so make every month Attendance Awareness month!

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Thank you for tuning into United Way California Capital Region’s call to action this month highlighting Attendance Awareness. As a recap, chronic absence is an underlying issue that often goes amiss and flies under the radar in the education system. We here at United Way say enough.

Every child deserves the support they need to go to school every day and learn in the classroom. Chronic absence is an issue where everyone in the community plays a critical role: parents and guardians, educators, school administrators, city leaders, after school providers, community leaders and members, policy makers, and many more. Together as a collaborative effort, we can work to make real and substantial change to ensure every child a chance to a successful and secure future.

To keep advocating for chronic absence issues, attendanceworks.org has three ongoing objectives:

  • Build public awareness and political will about the need to address chronic absence. This includes extensive media outreach as well as working with key national organizations to spread the word about why this issue matters and explore the role federal government can play. It also includes explaining the critical difference between chronic absence and truancy.
  • Foster state campaigns by developing coalitions to advance state and local policies that promote tracking attendance for individual students and reporting on chronic absence to ensure schools, especially if they are low-performing, will intervene to improve student attendance.
  • Encourage local practice by providing technical assistance and tools to help communities, schools and school districts monitor and work together to address chronic absence. This includes creating peer learning networks and tapping skills and assets available from state and national organizations.
Everybody plays a role in ensuring children attend school regularly. Click on the links below to see how you can help!

Part 1 – CORRELATION BETWEEN SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Part 2 – TIPS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
Part 3 – HOW AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS CAN REINFORCE GOOD ATTENDANCE

Attendance is important everyday during the school year, so make every month Attendance Awareness month!

Visit attendanceworks.org for more information.