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#SchoolMatters So Rebound with Attendance

by Dr. Lisa Herring

APS families, I recognize how the COVID-19 pandemic has placed even more challenges on our community when it comes to student attendance. But did you know that missing just two days per month indicates that a student may struggle to do well in class compared to their classmates with fewer absences? The connection between attendance and school success is a direct and strong link.

I’ve visited 25 schools so far this year, and without exception I have seen welcoming places that foster an excitement for learning and preparation for the future. In-person learning with whole-child supports is what can and will make a difference when it comes to your student’s success. 

Absenteeism is an indicator and cause of educational inequity. Data shows us that fewer absences are tied to better learning and a better chance at finishing high school. 

That’s why I want to highlight attendance today, because September is National Attendance Awareness Month. This is the ninth annual nationwide campaign to increase awareness and combat chronic absenteeism. This year especially, the campaign centers around the transition back to school for both students and families after 18 months of learning disruption.  

The theme “Rebound With Attendance!” highlights our goal to cultivate strong, trusting relationships among children, families, teachers, and other critical school staff so that students can focus and learn. 

How to Get Involved

APS social media channels will be using #SCHOOLMATTERS and I invite you to join us as we hashtag to highlight the efforts of staff, schools and our Social Work Department… and most importantly, the efforts of our families and students to “Rebound With Attendance!” 

Also, The APS Social Work Department is sponsoring a poster contest for students in all grades. Students, draw a picture based on the theme “Rebound With Attendance” and submit a photograph of your drawing to by September 24, 2021. Then stay tuned as the department selects winners for elementary, middle, and high school!

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