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September: Attendance Awareness Month
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Friday, September 01, 2017
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Montgomery, Ala. – There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to remind and encourage students to be in school on time, every day. September is Alabama Attendance Awareness Month, in support of the national campaign and work seen in schools all over the state. Millions of hours of instruction and learning are missed every year due to absences. 

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 15-18 days of school for any reason. Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to impact achievement through high school. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school. 

The Alabama State Department of Education supports and encourages the use of positive behavior supports, prevention and support services and innovative pathways to address attendance as the major contributor for facilitating academic and behavioral success of our students.                                                                                       

The campaign is designed to increase understanding for educators, parents, students, and community partners of the major impact school attendance has on the success rates of our students. With local schools promoting Attendance Awareness Month, students and parents/guardians can become more aware of the crucial need for students to be at school, on time, every day. 

For example, Alabaster City Schools encourage attendance with a fun challenge between schools in regards to daily attendance averages. At the September 25thfootball game, Thompson High School and Pelham High School will report their monthly daily attendance rate. The school with the highest attendance rate wins and the schools with the lowest attendance rate for the week will have three students to walk the track during halftime in the opposing school’s jersey.   

At Hoover High School in the Hoover City School System, students are encouraged to be part of Attendance Awareness Month using the hashtag #BUCSeveryday. To further interaction with a contest, staff encourages students to come up with a creative message to show why attendance matters. Winners receive a select invitation to a homecoming party for first place and gift cards for second and third places. 

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