Logan County incites “Every Student, Every Day”
The Logan County Board of Education is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month in September!
From The Logan Banner | Karissa Blackburn
The Logan County of Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are gearing up for Attendance Awareness Month by issuing the Make Every Day Count Call to Action. This urges superintendents to make attendance a top priority starting in the early grades, mobilize the community around reducing chronic absence and drive with data to identify students and schools in need of extra support.
“Improving student attendance is an essential, cost-effective but often overlooked strategy for ensuring our students are on-track to learn and succeed,” West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Charles K. Heinlein said. “Nationwide, as many as one out of 10 students is chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of school days, or nearly a month. The good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve.”
Logan County Schools have planned an extensive public relations campaign and have invited America’s Got Talent winner, Landau Murphy, Jr., to support the efforts. He will be conducting interviews, creating billboards and recording public service announcements that will be used throughout the campaign.
Cathy Adkins, Logan County attendance, announced that there are two events scheduled that will feature signing proclamations declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month by city mayors. On September 8, an event will be held at Chapmanville Town Hall at 7 p.m. during which Mayor Jerry Price Jr. will sign a proclamation. Another event will be held on September 9 beginning at 5 p.m. that will include the dedication of a banner supporting school attendance and the signing of the proclamation by Mayor Serafino Nolletti at Logan City Hall at 6 p.m.
Schools in the district will be highlighting the importance of daily attendance by participating in an art contest to illustrate the county’s slogan, “Every Student, Every Day.”
Chronic absence is a leading, early warning indicator of academic trouble and later dropout. While addressing some attendance barriers—such as health, poor transportation, and unstable housing—can often require longer-term strategies, everyone can make a difference by helping students and families understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever possible is critical to realizing their hopes and dreams.
“All of us can make a difference by helping students and families feel engaged in learning and their schools, setting the expectation that school attendance matters and working together to identify and help families overcome barriers to getting to school,” added Heinlein. “Community partners are especially important for helping schools and families address and overcome tough barriers, such as limited access to health care, unstable housing, poor transportation or neighborhood violence.”
Some strategies to get involved in the campaign at the county level include:
· Parents: ensure children are in school on time every day and plan appointments before or after the regular school day.
· Educators: share with students and their families the importance of regular school attendance using the toolkits on the Attendance Awareness website — attendanceworks.org.
· Community members: get involved in local campaigns in your county by sponsoring or attending planned events.
Attendance Awareness Month in a national campaign sponsored by Attendance Works – Advancing Student Success By Reducing Chronic Absence.
For more information about Attendance Awareness Month or the West Virginia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, contact Charlotte Webb, WVDE’s Office of Early Learning at 304-558-9994 or visit attendanceworks.org