Board of County Commissioners proclaims September as Attendance Awareness Month
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners at their Aug. 21 meeting proclaimed that September would be "Attendance Awareness Month" in Lake County, Florida.
"During the month of September 2018, the Lake County School Board, along with Kids Central Inc., Lake County State Attorney's Office, Department of Juvenile Justice, the Lake County Shared Services Network, the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Lake County Department of Health will stand with the nation in recognizing September as 'Attendance Awareness Month,' " the proclamation reads. "We hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially."
The proclamation will be read at the School Board's meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, as well.
Chronic asbenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school (two or three days a month) for any reason, including excused and unexcused absences, is a proven predictor of academic difficulties and students dropping out of school. In Lake County, 7,116 of the district's 42,771 students are chronically absent. The district wants to greatly reduce that number.
Though the official observance of Attendance Awareness Month does not begin until September, Lake County Schools has already kicked off with a student poster and video contest and a contest to choose the district's theme for the month. Pine Ridge Elementary School in Clermont entered the winning submission: "Arrive! Strive! Thrive!" It will appear on the attendance related communications throughout the month along with the national theme, "Team Up for Attendance."
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