School attendance must be a priority after Count Day

Oct 2, 2019 by

In Detroit, more than 55% of all students in Detroit Public Schools Community District and area charter schools are chronically absent.

Kids in Detroit missed almost 2.3 million days of school last year. That’s 2.3 million missed days of learning — 2.3 million missed opportunities to build essential skills,  2.3 million days of partially filled classrooms, 2.3 million days we let our kids down.

For our kids’ futures, every day matters.

Did you know a student is considered chronically absent when they miss two days or more of school a month? National stats highlight the fact that some communities have as many as one in four children chronically absent. In Detroit, more than 55% of all students in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and area charter schools are chronically absent.

Two days is too many to miss, and 2 million is too many to accept.

Student success begins with showing up. Count Day happening this week is an opportunity to promote how crucial attendance is. But it’s not just essential to show up on Count Day, kids need to be in school all day, every day. Strong attendance leads to higher graduation rates and academic achievement, and preparation for success as an adult.

Source: School attendance must be a priority after Count Day | Opinion

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