Year three of our county-wide
Attendance Awareness Campaign

Themes for March: 
Elementary School-  
I don't want to miss school because then I will miss... 

Key Message: 
  • Students suffer academically if they miss 10% or more of school days. Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
Middle and High School-
Missing school makes school harder...
Key Message:
  • Understandably, students will get sick sometimes and need to stay home. The important thing is to get to school as often as possible to help stay on track with assignments.
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:

Displaying the Artwork from the
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." 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

All student winners will receive a $100 gift card and calendar to be presented at a County Board of Education meeting on March 15th, 2017. These prizes and calendar production is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Phillips 66.  
To see a list of all of the winners, click here.

2017 Attendance Awareness Calendars available to order 
after March 15th

The calendar features artwork from all of the poster contest winners, as well as four runners-up. Order form available here.

Upcoming Webinars
Tuesday, March 28, 2017:
Reducing Chronic Absence: 
It's a Matter of 1, 2, 3!

(11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 
What does it really take to reduce chronic absence?  Communities across the country are reducing chronic absenteeism by using a comprehensive set of strategies that:
1)  Prevents absences from occurring
2)  Organizes caring and early outreach to families and students before absences add up
3)  Coordinates supports and services for vulnerable students who miss the most school
Join us for the first of four webinars held as part of Attendance Awareness Campaign 2017! Highlighting what schools and communities can do to engage students and families and educate them about the impact of absences, this webinar will focus on universal attendance improvement strategies for all students. These strategies are the first of three tiers of action needed to reduce chronic absence.
Webinar guests will share innovative efforts from their communities such as the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Attendance Awareness Poster Contest and the Allegheny County Be There campaign. We'll also unveil the 2017 edition of the Count Us In toolkit, the essential guide for planning your community's 2017 Attendance Awareness Campaign.

Archived Webinars can be viewed here:
Professional Development

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