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Superintendent Pledges to Make School Attendance a Priority Starting in the Early Grades back button

Dr. Gordon Pritz, Douglas County School System Superintendent, was recognized recently for his role in a nationwide Call to Action that emphasizes the importance of school attendance. Education Week listed more than 200 superintendents who launched the academic year with a commitment to making reducing chronic absence a top priority, digging deeper into attendance data and working with community partners to improve school attendance starting as soon as children enter school.

The Call to Action drew leaders from some of the nation’s largest districts – New York City, Los Angeles and Miami-Dade County – as well as superintendents from smaller places, such as Glasgow, Montana with 850 students or Alpine County, California, with 80.

“Attendance is certainly a key to success for all students in Douglas County, as well as other districts,” said Dr. Pritz. “Parents need to emphasize with their children the importance of attending school. Chronically absent students miss critical instruction time that causes them to fall behind in the classroom.”

Poor attendance is a surprisingly prevalent but often overlooked factor in why students and schools are struggling academically. Although absenteeism is often considered a high school problem, national research shows that one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss nearly a month of school every year in excused and unexcused absences.

Regardless of the reason for the absence, these missed days can leave children falling behind in reading and math. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a warning sign that a student might drop out of high school.

The Call to Action for superintendents is sponsored by seven national organizations that lead the Attendance Awareness Month campaign: America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Get Schooled, Healthy Schools Campaign, Points of Light, and United Way Worldwide.

“We began this year’s Attendance Awareness month campaign in September," Dr. Pritz continued. “However, improving students attendance is a year-round emphasis. Our district will continue to work to help parents understand the importance of children being in school to maximize learning potential.”

By joining the Call to Action, Dr. Pritz will have access to tools, expert advice and peer learning opportunities.










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