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Help encourage students to keep up their attendance

2015 September 1
by HISD Communications

Not all HISD employees directly work with students, but that doesn’t mean they can’t impact young people’s lives.

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and all district employees — from the central office to Construction & Facility Services — can help promote good attendance for the 2015–2016 school year. HISD has created a special website (missing school = missing out) that provides information and resources that employees and community members can use to spread the word to students and parents about the importance of being in the classroom every single day.

Did you know that…

  • … at HISD, missing more than 10 percent (or 17 days) of school can lead to a student not receiving a grade or being retained the following year?
  • … students are more likely to go to school if they know that someone cares if they show up? Trusting relationships — whether with teachers, mentors, coaches, or other caring adults — are critical to encouraging families and students to seek out help in overcoming barriers to attendance.
  • … chronic absenteeism in particular affects achievement for low-income students, who depend more on school for opportunities to learn?

These are just a few of the talking points employees can use when discussing the importance of attending school on a consistent basis. Additional information can be found by clicking here.

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