The 2019 AttendaNCe Counts Community Toolkit is up and ready to go for Attendance Awareness Month this September.
For the past three years, NCECF has focused attention on regular school attendance and chronic absence as a part of national Attendance Awareness Month every September. The Toolkit equips schools, community partners and local advocates with helpful resources to get the word out about the importance of regular school attendance in preschool and the early grades.
The Toolkit includes:
- A fact sheet and introduction to chronic absence in the early grades in North Carolina
- A call to action for superintendents, schools and communities
- An Attendance Awareness Month proclamation for superintendents to sign
- Suggested images and posts for Facebook and Twitter
- Content for a blog or newsletter article about attendance
Since 2017, NCECF has also released special reports on state-level attendance policy and practice and district-level attendance policy and practice in North Carolina. A new report called AttendaNCe Counts: How Schools and Local Communities are Reducing Chronic Absence in North Carolina will be available soon. Developed in partnership with Education NC, this report summarizes survey responses from more than 1,500 NC principals, teachers, parents and community providers on various areas related to attendance. The report also offers best practices that schools can implement to reduce chronic absence and case studies of NC elementary schools’ efforts to boost regular school attendance. Stayed tuned for its release in early September!
Visit the Regular School Attendance issue page on the NCECF website to learn more about chronic absence in North Carolina, and what you can do to help ensure every young child is present at school every day.