September is Attendance Awareness Month -- 
Get Your School Involved, Let CCCOE Help!

Get Your School Involved!
Year two of "Every School Day Counts" campaign 
-- bigger and better!
Contra Costa County Office of Education is excited to embark on another year of helping you to raise awareness regarding the importance of daily school attendance. Today, we invite you to actively participate in the 2015-16 Attendance Awareness Campaign.


We are pleased to create easy access to free webinars and research, and to provide you with a variety of tools and resources to become more informed regarding the link between attendance and achievement. These will help you to effectively engage teachers, parents, students, and other key stakeholders in helping to ensure your students attend school every day. 


Free Webinars Coming Very Soon - Register NOW!

Register now for these free Contra Costa, California, or national webinars targeted for elementary or secondary school principals. 


Leading Attendance in Contra Costa Webinar--
How Principals Can Close the Achievement Gap by Reducing Chronic Absence

    Wednesday, August 5, 9-10 am (ELEMENTARY)

Leading Attendance in Contra Costa Webinar--
How Principals Can Close the Achievement Gap by Reducing Chronic Absence

    Wednesday, August 5, 1-2 pm (SECONDARY)


National Attendance Awareness Month Webinar--
Finish Strong: Address the Attendance Gap for Teens 

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11 am-12:30 pm PDT


California Principals Webinar--
Leading Attendance: 
How Elementary Principals In California Can Close the Achievement Gap by Reducing Chronic Absence

    Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10-11 am PDT


View More National Webinars Produced by Attendance Works Here:

2015 K-12 Student Contests

Give your students opportunities to participate in exciting poster, essay, and public service announcement (PSA) contests that will allow them to express their creativity and win GREAT PRIZES!

Check out the information on our website here:


Principal Checklist

Once again, the CCCOE is poised to recognize the incredibly important work that Principals are doing to raise awareness and address the issue of chronic absenteeism at their sites. Use this checklist to be reminded of the essentials strategies that need to be accomplished at the beginning of the school year, as well as to learn about other strategies that can be used to improve attendance.  In October you will have an opportunity to tell us what you have effectively implemented at your school site and be recognized on the 2015-16 Principal Honor Roll.
View the checklist here:



The Every School Day Counts Toolkit

The Every School Day Counts Toolkit helps schools and community partners get started in taking steps toward those solutions.

The downloadable digital file includes:
  • Toolkit overview
  • A tool for self-assessment
  • Parent flyers in English and Spanish
  • Talking points about attendance for multiple audiences
  • Tips for getting in touch with hard-to-reach parents
  • Guidelines for establishing school-wide attendance incentives
  • Attendance certificates to reward good attendance
  • Posters to display at your schools

Download your school district's customized Every School Day Counts Toolkit here



Other Key Strategies - Try These Ideas

  • Implement a system to identify/track chronically absent students
  • Distribute list of 2014-15 chronically absent students to teachers
  • Modify your parent/student handbook to include information on chronic absenteeism
  • Implement ongoing parent communication, re: key messages about the importance of attendance (Newsletters, Back to School night, etc.)  There are also letters to parents in your Contra Costa COE District Customized Toolkits here:
  • Establish incentives for students who demonstrate improved attendance and implement incentives school wide
  • Utilize social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to share information and/or messages regarding the importance of attendance and use  #cocoschooleveryday to share your ideas with other Contra Costa schools
  • Utilize one or more strategies from the Leading Attendance Toolkit, available here:
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