September is Attendance Awareness Month!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!
Posted on 08/21/2017
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One of Rochester School Districts top priorities is building public awareness about the importance of school attendance.

Many of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school year-about eighteen days a year or just two days every month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even PreK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.  Many of these absences are excused, but they still add up to lost time in the classroom. 

Why It Matters:

If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.

Preliminary data from a California study found that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

Engaging Families:

Many parents and students don’t realize how quickly early absences can add up to academic trouble. Community members and teachers can help educate families and build a culture of attendance through early outreach and attention to data.

Rochester School District has created a Community Truancy Board in April of 2017 to help parents and students identify barriers to school attendance, recommend methods to improve attendance, connect students and families to community services, and help with dropout prevention programs. The board meets monthly and has representatives from the Rochester Community, Thurston County Court, community non-profit organization(s), and Rochester School District staff members. The CTB is facilitated by the student and family support liaison for the Rochester School District.



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