September is Attendance Awareness Month

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Aurora Public Schools Parents and Guardians:

We hope you are having a great start to the school year! We have enjoyed having students back in classrooms for another year of growth and learning. 

September is Attendance Awareness Month, which is a nationwide campaign and movement to stress that every school day counts. I would like to ensure our students stay on the right path all year long by coming to school each and every day

In Aurora Public Schools, we know that our families are our partners in education and understand the value of strong attendance. One of the goals of our strategic plan, APS 2026: Faces of the Future, is that every student has a plan for their future. In order for students to bring their plans to life, it is critically important for students to be at school and engaged in learning daily.  

Across the country, millions of hours of instruction and learning are missed every year due to chronic absences of 15 days or more. Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to impact achievement through high school. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school and significantly limiting their options for career choices and employment. In addition, a student who does not attend school regularly often has trouble making close friends.

We recognize that some absences are unavoidable such as when children get sick and need to stay home. However, the key to success is getting children to school when they are healthy and avoiding any unnecessary absences.

As a parent and guardian, you play a critical role in helping your children get to school on time every day. Supporting students to build habits of strong attendance, regular bedtimes and other routines can greatly contribute to their overall future success in school, college and when entering the job market.

School staff will partner with you to track your students’ attendance and communicate with you on how absenteeism can affect their learning and academic performance. Strong attendance is an essential factor to ensure every student shapes a successful future. Our goal for the month of September is to reach 94% average daily attendance districtwide, which you can track on our website at aurorak12.org. Please help us to reach our goal by ensuring that your student attends school every day. 

Thank you for your partnership as we make sure our students are in class and powering their potential every day. 

- Superintendent Rico Munn

 

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