[CCGP Info] FW: Draft Email for Sups Attendance Awareness

Tsosie-Jensen, Lillian Lillian.Tsosie-Jensen at schools.utah.gov
Sat Aug 22 17:41:30 MDT 2015


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Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
Utah State Office of Education
Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Specialist
801-538-7962 Office

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From: Perkins, Jackie
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:49 PM
Subject: FW: Draft Email for Sups Attendance Awareness

The below email was sent last week to Superintendent and Charter School Administrators.

Please pass on to colleagues within districts, schools, and community organizations to help promote Attendance Awareness month.

Thank you.

Dear Superintendents and Charter School Administrators,

We are happy to announce that the Governor has declared September: Attendance Awareness Month.

As educators, we all know the importance of student attendance.  Students who are chronically absent not only fall behind themselves, but pause learning for others when teachers must review material for absent students.

The Chronic Absenteeism definition in Utah has recently been redefined as a student who is absent 10% or more of school days, and who has been registered for at least 60 calendar days (44 school days).  With this new definition we have a better picture of Chronic Absenteeism in Utah.  Absenteeism affects students from PreK-12 and is an indicator of poverty, future drop-out, and low GPA.

Please view the attached document to read the Governor's Declaration, and view data regarding Chronic Absenteeism in Utah.

You can view the below links for more data, info sheets for teachers and parents, and materials to help you spread the word on Social Media.


We welcome your help in supporting making September Attendance Awareness Month throughout the State.

Best Regards,

Ann White
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