September is Attendance Awareness Month, and the Jackson County school system is taking action to promote All Day-Every Day attendance. The Student Support Services Department plans to offer special rewards to students who achieve perfect All Day-Every Day attendance for the month of September.

All Day-Every Day means no minutes lost during the school day for tardiness or early checkouts. Weekly drawings for prizes will take place in each school, followed by a grand prize drawing the first week of October. Research shows that attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves.

Facts about school attendance:

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.

• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

• By sixth grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

• By ninth grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than eighth grade test scores.

• Attendance is an important life skill that will help a child graduate from college and keep a job.

For tips on school readiness and attendance, visit www.attendanceworks.org.