Year three of our county-wide
Attendance Awareness Campaign

Themes for January: 
Elementary School-  
I contribute a lot to my class! I contribute...

Key Message:   
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help students graduate from college and keep a job.
  • Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, creating commotion and slowing down instruction.

Middle and High School-
When you are not here, your teachers notice because they care and want you to be successful.

  Key Message:  
  • Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, $1 million
    more than a dropout over a lifetime.
Communication Tools/Strategies for Parents:
Getting your child to school on-time, every day, unless they are sick, is something that parents can do to ensure their child has a chance to succeed in school. While others can help, parents are the bottom line.

  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child's teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or after school provider to get them excited about going to school.

Check out more Tools for Working with Parents about attendance here:
2016 Attendance Awareness  Poster Contest

We want to thank all of the middle and high school students who participated in the recent Attendance Awareness Poster Contest. The theme was: "School is my first and most important job." There were 139 submissions. Three winners were selected for each of the following categories: Overall, Top High School, and Top Middle School. Each of these winning posters will be displayed on county buses in each region for the months of January, February and March.
West - WestCat
Central - County Connection
East - Tri-Valley Delta

To see a list of all of the winners, click here.

We are grateful to the Long's Foundation and Shell Refinery for their generous donation enabling us to showcase this excellent student work and promote attendance awareness via transit advertising. (Image below is a reduced version of bus tails banner.)

Additionally, four runners-up were selected and these posters, along with the other winning posters will be used to create a 2017 Attendance Awareness Calendar.

All student winners will receive a $100 gift card and calendar to be presented at a County Board of Education meeting in early 2017 (date to be announced later). These prizes and calendar production is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Phillips 66. 

Upcoming Webinars
There are no new webinars scheduled at this time; however, you may want to check out the recently archived webinars on the Attendance Works website.

Archived Webinars can be viewed here:
Professional Development

Young Mental Health First Aid Training
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fill out the Principal's Honor Roll
2016-17 Every School Day Counts
Princi pal Honor Roll

Principals who went above and beyond the essentials to promote attendance awareness will be recognized in the February eBlast.  If you are one of those principals and have not yet submitted your survey information, you have one last chance to do so.

We look forward to hearing about creative and effective strategies used to improve attendance. 

Fill out the survey here!