Attendance Awareness Month


Proclamation of September as Attendance Awareness Month


WHEREAS good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and we are committed to dedicating our resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates, with a focus starting as early as kindergarten; and


WHEREAS chronic absence is a proven predictor of academic difficulty and increased dropout rates and;


WHEREAS chronic absence predicts lower third-grade reading proficiency and many times

course failure and eventual dropout. It weakens our communities and our local economy and;


WHEREAS, attendance gaps among groups of students often turn into achievement gaps that undermine student success and;


WHEREAS schools and community partners can reach out more frequently to absent students to determine what barriers they face to attending school and what would help them attend more regularly and;

WHEREAS health care providers can share the importance of school attendance with families and can offer proactive, preventive care to reduce absences and;

WHEREAS schools and districts must do more to track, calculate and share the data on how many students are chronically absent so that we can see the attendance gaps and can deliver the right interventions to the right students and;

WHEREAS chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, families and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school;


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that as the Superintendent of Chickamauga City School District, I proclaim our school district will stand with the nation in recognizing September as “Attendance Awareness Month.” We hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Our Goal: Students should not miss more than 6 days of school per year.


Melody Day


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