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September is School Attendance Awareness Month

As K-12 schools throughout the nation and across our great state begin the new school year, educators are focusing their full efforts on increasing school attendance. Local school systems statewide are working to enhance the role of parents, and regional community outreach in ensuring all children make it to class every day and attend school consistently. There is a real focus on building and supporting regular school attendance.

September has officially been designated as School Attendance Awareness Month 2022 throughout our nation and in the Great State of Alabama. This year’s event theme is “Stay Connected, Keep Learning!” Special emphasis is being placed on building greater student engagement, public awareness, and long-term family support for school attendance efforts.Barriers in transportation, health issues, poor nutrition, and mental health concerns are leading factors that often impact student attendance. A recent national survey revealed that chronic absenteeism has more than double from pre-pandemic levels, with an estimated eight million students missing too many school days!

Chronic absences in elementary schools can often lead to lower reading scores. By middle school, they can be a warning sign if a student is on track to fail key classes or eventually drop out of high school. Throughout this entire month, local school systems statewide will focus their efforts on helping all Alabama students, families, and communities take more impactful action. The goal is to ensure that every student is at school each day and fully achieving academically.

Stay Connected, Keep Learning!