Home » September – Attendance Awareness Month

· Attendance matters for students at all grade levels. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to read at grade level, and to build a strong foundation as they move from preschool and kindergarten to high school.

· Students who are chronically absent are at risk of falling behind. “Chronically absent” means a student is missing 10 percent of the school year. It doesn’t matter whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Each day represents lost time.

· The Oregon Department of Education leads the Every Day Matters campaign which highlights the importance that regular attendance plays in a student’s education and how communities from around the state can partner with their local school districts to reduce chronic absenteeism in Oregon.

· More information on improving attendance can be found at the Every Day Matters website which provides year-round resources for schools, districts and families.