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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Still talking attendance!

September 26
Too often, we think of reducing absences as the job of parents or school clerks in the front office. But communities across the country have started to help schools address chronic absence, recognizing that they can build public awareness and leverage resources to address a problem that we can solve.

Check out this incredibly helpful resource, “10 Steps Communities Can Take to Reduce Chronic Absence,” here!
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Was your child in school today?

“Like bacteria in a hospital, chronic absenteeism can wreak havoc long before it is discovered.”

That’s a quote from a study, “The Importance of Being There: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools,” which points to the importance of data collection. Only six states track chronic absenteeism: Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island.

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Wednesday's Attendance Message

September 18
In this news report, “Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism,” highlights the irrefutable fact that chronic absence hits low-income students particularly hard, especially if they don’t have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom and are more likely to face barriers to getting to school – such as unreliable transportation. Here the full story from WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR affiliate.
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Attendance Awareness Month

September 17
FACT: One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students nationwide miss nearly a month of school each year. In some cities, the rate is as high as one in four elementary students. In some schools, chronic absence affects 50 percent of all of the students!
Learn how to help your community reduce chronic absence at
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