September is Attendance Awareness Month

Staff Report

Regular school attendance is key along the route toward a brighter future.

Phyllis Doty, Superintendent of Logan County Schools has declared September as “Student Attendance Awareness Month.” The county’s attendance campaign “Every Student, Every Day” is an attempt to increase awareness of the effects of truancy and to implement different approaches to combating student absenteeism.

“School attendance is everyone’s responsibility,” Logan County Schools’ Attendance Director Cathy Adkins said. “We want everyone to get involved in raising the attendance rate in Logan County Schools by participating in our ‘Every Student, Every Day campaign.’”

Adkins urges everyone in the community to work together to raise attendance awareness.

She said last school year she filed 119 truancy petitions and warrants and revoked 80 students’ driver’s licenses. Adkins said she, along with the county’s attendance committee, will work hard to bring both of those numbers down for this year.

“Our attendance committee meets the last Thursday of each month to discuss attendance and intervention strategies,” she said. “Our goal is to work with students and families to provide intervention at three unexcused days, so court proceedings and DHHR involvement won’t be necessary.

“We are so excited to report that our students and families are taking note of this campaign and for the first two weeks of school, all schools had good attendance. We have seen eagerness from students, parents, and teachers to have a successful school year.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the ‘Every Student, Every Day’ campaign can contact Cathy Adkins at the Central Office for Logan County Schools by calling 304-792-2043 or emailing her at [email protected]

Staff Report

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