Every Day Counts Campaign Kicks-off
- Published: Monday, September 14, 2015
The Humboldt County Office of Education has launched a campaign to promote the importance of regular school attendance and to engage communities to reduce chronic absence. Consistent school attendance is critical for setting a foundation for future success. Families often do not realize how quickly absences can add up, and the start of a new school year is the time to build awareness about the connection between attendance and school success. “For most children, missing just 3 days a year can make a child fall behind,” stated Maggie Fleming, District Attorney, Humboldt County. “So everything we can do to help those children get through all those years and to support each other in helping get kids through school is critical,” said Fleming.
The message behind the ‘Every Day Counts’ campaign is that children will learn and succeed in the classroom when we remove barriers to attendance, establish good attendance patterns, and celebrate successes in punctual and improved attendance. Attendance also improves when schools closely monitor chronic absence and engage in personalized outreach and support to students. According to Tom Chapman, Chief of Police for Arcata Police Department, “when children are not in school, their peer groups change, which can have other effects on our community.”
Original article: HCOE Press Release