Greenburgh to Promote Student Attendance


Karen Blumenthal of Greenburgh is a policy advocate for Student Advocacy, a group that is based at 3 West Main Street, Elmsford. She and others are leading the effort to encourage parents, civic leaders, school administrators and public officials to promote good school attendance. The following proclamation will be presented to Karen Blumenthal at our Town Board meeting on September 10th. Karen will also discuss this initiative on my WVOX radio program this Friday morning from 10-11 AM (1460 AM or www.wvox.com)

Whereas, as the new school year begins parents and school staff hope that students are off to a good start and have a successful year;

Whereas, a key aspect of school success is whether or not children are attending school regularly. Too many children miss too many days of school;

Whereas, each year approximately one in ten students is chronically absent, missing ten percent or more school days or about a month of school. In some cases, even in kindergarten and first grade, as many as four in ten students will miss about a month of school, jeopardizing their academic success;
Whereas, it has been shown that students who are chronically absent (miss 10% or more school days) in kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read proficiently in third grade than their peers who attend school regularly. Chronically absent sixth grade students have lower graduation rates;

Whereas, Student Advocacy –a Westchester County organization that works hard to enhance the quality of life for students is encouraging parents, teachers, community leaders to join the national organization Attendance Works and the New York State Council on Children and Families’ Every Student Present Campaign to make September, 2013 Attendance Awareness Month;

Whereas, parents, school staff and community members can all help support the habit of good school attendance. This can be done by building awareness, recognizing good and improved attendance and supporting our schools and families;

Whereas, it is important for schools to effectively identify and support chronically absent students- an important first step is to monitor attendance in a way that allows us to know who is missing 10% or more school days;

Now Be it Resolved that I, Paul Feiner and the members of the Greenburgh Town Board declare the month of September as Attendance Awareness Month for all students in Greenburgh. We encourage all parents, school districts, community leaders to build a habit of promoting a culture of regular attendance, using data to monitor when chronic absence is a problem and identifying and solving barriers to getting children to school

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