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Commissioners Proclaim September as Attendance Awareness Month

09/12/2017

The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners proclaims that we will stand with the nation in recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month. 

We recognize that “Every Day Matters” and hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially.

Good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and this community is committed to dedicating our resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism, with a focus starting as early as prekindergarten. 

Attendance gaps often turn into achievement gaps that undermine student, family, and community success. 

Chronic absence – missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason including excused and unexcused absences, or just two days a month – is a proven predictor of future academic trouble and dropout rates, the effects of which can be seen as early as the third grade. 

Students from low-income families are both more likely to be chronically absent and more likely to be affected academically by missing school, and chronic absence particularly exacerbates the achievement gap that separates low-income students from their peers. 

All students – even those who show up regularly – are affected by chronic absence because teachers must spend time reviewing for students who missed lessons. 

Absenteeism also undermines efforts to improve struggling schools, making it difficult to measure improvement in classroom instruction if students are not in class to benefit. 

Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to particular challenges and strengths in each community. 

Community leaders have come together to address absenteeism and all aspects of education through alliances such as the Albuquerque /Bernalillo Community Schools Partnership and Mission: Graduate. 

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.

 

 

 

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