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September is Attendance Awareness Month!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!


Did you know:


Wednesday (9/7/22)

·        That chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of enrolled days (or about 18 days of school each year)?  That’s only about 2 days per month.


Thursday (9/8/22)

·        That students who demonstrate chronic absenteeism are at greater risk of dropping out of school? 

Friday (9/9/22)

·        That chronic absenteeism can decrease a third grader’s ability to read proficiently?


Monday (9/12/22)

·        That low-income children are 4x more likely than their peers to be chronically absent?


Tuesday (9/13/22)

·        That parents can help students develop good school habits including establishing regular routines, scheduling appointments after regular school hours and staying engaged in your child’s education?


Wednesday (9/14/22)

·        That according to NC law, children ages 7-16 must attend school and parents must make a good faith effort to get their child to school or potentially face legal action?


Thursday (9/15/22)

·        That once you have enrolled your child in school, regardless of age, they are required to attend regularly.


Friday (9/16/22)

·        When you are absent from school and you don’t provide a note (note from parent, doctor, etc.), your absence is unexcused?


Monday (9/19/22)

·        When you are absent and return to school with a note from your parent/doctor, the note should be given to Ms. Smith/Data Manager in the front office or your teacher?


Tuesday (9/20/22)

·        Excused Tardy/Absence can be either of the following: 

  • If a parent brings in a student
  • Medical/Dental Appointment
  • Illness or Injury
  • Death in the Family/Funeral
  • Had to assist parent
  • Educational Opportunity which includes trips, college visits (requires administrative approval)
  • Court Proceedings with documentation
  • Religious Observances

Wednesday (9/21/22)

·         Unexcused Tardy/Absence

  • Missed the bus
  • Overslept
  • Car issues – car would not start, dead battery, flat tire, etc.
  • “Please excuse for being tardy/absent......” and does not give a reason


Thursday (9/22/22)

·         Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs.?

Friday (9/23/22)

·        Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs.


Monday (9/26/22)

·         Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good    jobs.


Tuesday (9/27/22)

·        A high school graduate makes $1 million more than a dropout over a lifetime.


Wednesday (9/28/22)

·         Some factors that may contribute to chronic attendance

  • Poor transportation
  • Homelessness
  • Bullying
  • Student struggling academically and socially
  • Parents had negative school experience


Thursday (9/29/22)

·         Students can reverse their academic performance if they improve their   attendance


Friday (9/30/22)

·          This year Welborn students will uphold to GCS’s attendance campaign of Being Here to Get There by showing up to school every day on time, ready to learn so that they can be successful in life (graduating high school, attending and graduating college or getting employment after high school, going to the military, etc.)