The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at its September 2017 meeting endorsing September 2017 as School Attendance Awareness Month. The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, Good school attendance is essential to pupil achievement and graduation, and systemic approaches are needed to reduce chronic absenteeism rates in San Diego County with a focus starting as early as kindergarten;
WHEREAS, Chronic absence, missing 10 percent or more of school, which can be just two or three days a month, for any reason, including both excused and unexcused absences, is a proven predictor of academic trouble;
WHEREAS, Schools and school districts that calculate, and share data on how many and which pupils are chronically absent are better able to develop strategies and engage communityresources to deliver the right interventions for the right pupils;
WHEREAS, A pupil’s chronic absence is a predictor of below-grade-level reading proficiency by the third grade and course failure and eventual dropout later in that pupil’s career, and chronic absence thereby weakens our communities and our local economies;
WHEREAS, School attendance can be improved and chronic absence significantly reduced, when schools, parents and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Board of Education, hereby declares September 2017 as Attendance Awareness Month and thereby requests that each school district, elected school official, business, government agency, organization and citizen recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of school attendance, addressing attendance barriers and the root causes of chronic absence.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 13th day of September 2017, at the regular meeting of the San Diego County Board of Education.
SDCOE's Student Engagement and Attendance unit assists schools in addressing systemic barriers to student engagement and good attendance, thereby enhancing student achievement, and college and career readiness. Learn about the team and access attendance resources.