September is Alabama Attendance Awareness Month
There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to remind and encourage students to be in school on time, every day. September is Alabama Attendance Awareness Month, in support of the national campaign and work seen in schools all over the state. Millions of hours of instruction and learning are missed every year due to absences.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 15-18 days of school for any reason. Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to impact achievement through high school. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school.
The Alabama State Department of Education supports and encourages the use of positive behavior supports, prevention and support services and innovative pathways to address attendance as the major contributor for facilitating academic and behavioral success of our students.
The campaign is designed to increase understanding for educators, parents, students, and community partners of the major impact school attendance has on the success rates of our students. With local schools promoting Attendance Awareness Month, students and parents/guardians can become more aware of the crucial need for students to be at school, on time, every day.