Vacaville Reporter Posted:
September is Attendance Awareness Month and the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is once again providing school districts with the opportunity to spread the word about the critical role that school attendance has on student achievement.
In its efforts to raise awareness this year, SCOE is sponsoring a countywide poster contest. It is seeking entries for a peer to peer contest among students as a part of the overall effort to improve school attendance in Solano County. Students will be given the chance to create a poster with messages that will focus on the importance of regular school attendance and win prizes.
Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble, county officials noted. Research shows that chronically absent students are less likely to succeed academically and are more likely to be suspended and eventually dropout. Chronic absences in the early grades are the most troubling; poor attendance can start as early as pre kindergarten. Nationally, one out of every 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.