Thank you for participating in Attendance Awareness Month. We were delighted to have more than 1,000 schools and communities, along with 40 national partners, participate in this inaugural effort. We’re already planning for 2014 and hope you’ll get involved.
This fall, use these Holiday Messaging tools (available in English and Spanish) to communicate with students and parents about the importance of showing up for school in the days before and after winter holidays.
- State Policy Brief– The Attendance Imperative: How States Can Advance Achievement by Reducing Chronic Absence. Click here to read the report.
- Share your stories. In addition to adding your activities on our Community Action Map, we also encourage you to share your stories with us. Whether you are running PSA’s, hosting a poster contest or placing an op-ed, please send us your best examples and photos for the chance to be featured by Attendance Works and our other national partners during the month of September. You can e-mail all stories and examples of your work to Lauren Gentile at: email@example.com. We’ll be posting information and materials on our Community Highlights page.
Did you know that missing just 10% of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by 6th grade, missing that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days — or two to three days per month. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference: educators, afterschool programs, mayors, businesses and parents.
Support the Cause & Get Involved
- Show your support by downloading a badge and attaching it to your email signature, your Facebook posts, your organization’s website… anywhere you want!
- Tell people about how important it is for kids to attend school every day – talk about it, write about it, Tweet about it… you get the point! Use our Key Messages handout as well as this copy-and-pastable Attendance Awareness Month social media posts.
- Sign up for our listserv and be first to know what’s happening with the Campaign and when new resources become available.
- Check out the Count Us In! Toolkit and many more resources for myriad ideas for getting involved in Attendance Awareness Month (use the left-hand navigation menu to find the latest resources available)
- View our past webinars, or attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about this issue and how to get involved.
- No matter what you’re doing for Attendance Awareness Month, be sure to share it by adding it to our Attendance Awareness Month Map!
- For school districts: Ask your Superintendent to join our Call to Action
- Host a House Party to help you and your community get ready for Attendance Awareness Month
The Attendance Awareness Campaign is led by five convening partners: America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Civic Enterprises and Points of Light and is supported by a growing list of other organizations.