Early data shows that chronic absence – missing more than 10% of the work covered in class – puts children in academic danger and is likely to have dramatically increased, potentially doubling in size from 1 of 6 to 1 of 3 students. Black, Latino, and Native American students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, and English language learners have been especially affected. We know that there’s no such thing as perfect, especially when it comes to attendance. After all, children do get sick or may need to miss school for a number of reasons, including the need to quarantine. To hit the mark of excellence this year, make every day a learning day.
Attending school regularly is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to succeed. Chronic absenteeism leaves third graders unable to read proficiently, sixth graders struggling with coursework, and high school students off track for graduation.
As schools and communities develop and implement their plans to address the academic and social impact of disrupted learning, SCGLR is bringing back the Attendance Awareness Poster Contest.
This year, the Attendance Awareness Poster Contest was held in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota county public schools on an opt-in basis. Since the inaugural Attendance Awareness Poster Contest in 2015, nearly 250,000 posters have been created by students about the importance of outstanding attendance.
We know that there’s no such thing as perfect, especially when it comes to attendance. After all, children do get sick or may need to miss school for a number of reasons. We know missing more than 10% of the work covered in class puts children in academic danger. To hit the mark of excellence this year, make every day a learning day!
- Schools are encouraged to include positive messaging about the importance of outstanding attendance on their marquees, in communications to parents/caregivers, and in their daily messaging to students
- Schools are encouraged to display posters throughout the remainder of the year
- Schools are encouraged to share the winning images on their web pages, in electronic newsletters, in cards, calendars, and in correspondence
- Schools, educators, staff, parents, etc., are encouraged to use #EveryDayCounts, #SchoolEveryDay, or #GLReading when sharing on social media platforms to promote the contest, e.g., the creative process, the winning posters, special moments, other attendance related activities
Posters were judged according to the following criteria:
- Use of Every Day Counts template – the Every Day Counts icon must be visible
- Relevance to the theme – Attendance Awareness
- Creativity and originality
- Visual clarity and appeal
- Each winning Pre-K entry submitted by a public school received a basket of books ($50 value), certificates of achievement for each artist, and two framed, full-color copies of the winning poster – one to be displayed at school, and one to take home.
- The school-level winners in grades K-5 received a certificate of achievement, a $25 gift card, and two framed, full-color copies of their winning poster – one to be displayed at school, and one to take home.