Last night, the Board of Education adopted Resolution #11-24 proclaiming September 2023 as Attendance Awareness Month. Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, regular attendance is essential for students gaining the academic and social skills they need to thrive. Research shows that when students are chronically absent (missing 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year), they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school and graduate from high school.
Chronic absence has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic, from 8 million to an estimated 16 million students nationwide. That’s one out of three students. Absenteeism has risen among all student groups, at every economic level. Black, Latino and Native American students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities and English language learners have been especially affected.
BUSD if focused on Showing Up Together! and fostering student success and achievement one day at a time.Our pledge is to create a culture of attendance every month and every day, all year long. #K12Achievement #SAAM #AttendanceAwareness #BUSDproud