Who is helping send the message that going to school every day matters? Beyond educators and administrators, are pediatricians involved? Your Mayor? National Service members? Local community schools initiatives?
Our We Need You! webinar on Wednesday featured a lively discussion about how allies from all sectors of the community can come together to make sure more students attend school every day. You can review the tape or see the Powerpoint deck here.
Dr. Mandy Allison of the American Academy of Pediatrics told participants how family doctors can ask about attendance during regular check ups, help parents decide when their child is too sick for school and coordinate with school personnel to help chronically ill students. Doctors know that healthy children are more engaged in school and perform better academically. And they know that school success lays the foundation for being successful adults who have better health in the long term.