Year four of our county-wide
Attendance Awareness Campaign

Themes for August: 
Elementary School - Get off to a good start,
"Attend today, achieve for a lifetime!"

Key Message:   
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help students graduate from college and keep a job.

Middle and High School -
Good attendance will help you to achieve for a lifetime!

Key Message:     
  • Chronic absence can affect your ability to earn a living. Dropouts are less likely to succeed in a career. And even those who do graduate won't do well at work without good attendance habits. Nearly 90 percent of people in prison lack a high school diploma.
Communication Tools/Strategies for Parents:
By the 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Check out the research that one school district did on the subject. 

Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to the particular challenges and strengths of each school community.  

Good attendance will help you to achieve for a lifetime! 

Check out more Tools for Working with Parents about attendance here:
Upcoming Webinars
2017 National Attendance Awareness
Under this year's theme, Engagement = Attendance, we are emphasizing the important role everyone can play in creating a welcoming and engaging school environment that motivates students and families to come to school every day.  Webinars provide a great resource for improving attendance.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Portraits of Change
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for the final Attendance Awareness Month 2017 webinar! This fourth webinar will feature  Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence, a new brief from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center. Co-authors Hedy Chang and Robert Balfanz will highlight key findings from their national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence and discuss the implications for state and local action. Presenters will share inspiring examples of how their communities reduced chronic absence, even when it reached high levels in a school, district or particular student population. These insights are even more important as a growing number of states adopt chronic absence into their accountability systems for school improvement.
Presenters include:
  • Alicia Lara, United Way Worldwide
  • Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • District Leaders including Lorri Hobson, Cleveland Public Schools
  • Ramona Halcomb and Robin Shobe, Oregon Department of Education
  • Carrie Zimbrick, Willamina School District
  • Hedy Chang, Attendance Works
NOTE:  We are likely to exceed the webinar room capacity of 500! Please note that once you register you will receive the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and other materials whether you attend or not. You might consider organizing a separate session to watch with a group using the recording and discussion guide. Guests are welcome to log in 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the webinar.

Archived Webinars can be viewed here:
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Principals Make a Difference!
Principals can create a culture of attendance in their school and marshal the data to intervene with students who are missing too much school. Principals should consult the Tools for Schools page on the Attendance Works website for five essential strategies to reduce chronic absence:
  • Recognize good and improved attendance
  • Engage students and families
  • Monitor attendance data and practice
  • Provide personalized early outreach
  • Develop programmatic responses to barriers to attendance
Read what you can do for  Attendance Awareness Month here

Add your Attendance Awareness Month strategies to the national map!
Post your activities and events on our Attendance Action Map (AAM). And let us know if your school or community is monitoring chronic absence. We can't wait to see what you're doing! Fill out our  participation form  to submit your plans. 

See the AAM map here.

Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning. Too many absences not only can affect achievement for the absent student but also can disrupt learning for the entire class. While teachers play a key role, everyone in the school building-- from the principal to the front office to the cafeteria-- can teach attendance!

What does it mean to teach attendance? More than simply taking roll each day. Teaching attendance involves building awareness about how many absences are too many, encouraging students to come to school every day even when it is hard and engaging them once they are in the school building. Read more...

Visit the Toolkit here

September Contest Coming 
The September Issue of the Attendance Awareness e-blast will invite participants to be recognized as a Star Principal Leader in Raising Attendance Awareness
Don't miss out--stay tuned!
Fundraising Event

"Kids: Investing in OUR Future"
A County-wide Program to Raise

Flyer Image Invitation
Attendance Awareness and Keep Our Kids In School

With Special Keynote Speaker
Michael Pritchard

November 3, 2017 
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Concord
Register Now!

Presented by the Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Probation, District Attorney, and Juvenile Court

All Proceeds benefit C.O.P.E Family Support Center in their work to keep our kids in school.