Attendance Matters in the Oxford School District
WHEREAS, the Oxford School District Board of Trustees is committed to dedicating our resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates, with a focus starting as early as kindergarten; and,
WHEREAS, chronic absence—missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason including excused and unexcused absences, or just two or three days a month—is a proven predictor of academic trouble and dropout rates; and
WHEREAS, good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation for Oxford School District students; and
WHEREAS, improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to particular challenges and strengths in each community; and
WHEREAS, chronic absence may cause lower third-grade reading proficiency, course failure and eventual dropout, and weaken our communities and our local economy; and
WHEREAS, chronic absence may heighten the achievement gap that separates low-income students from their peers, since students from low-income families are both more likely to be chronically absent and more likely to be affected academically by missing school; and
WHEREAS, schools and community partners can reach out more frequently to absent students to determine why they are missing school and what would help them attend more regularly. We can encourage broad community engagement and sustained civic action to help parents get their children to school every day; and
WHEREAS, all Oxford school students — even those who show up regularly — are affected by chronic absence because teachers must spend time reviewing for students who missed lessons; and
WHEREAS, chronic absence can be significantly reduced when Oxford schools, parents and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Oxford School Board of Trustees proclaims that attendance matters to our school students. We are committed to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all our school children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially. Let’s work together to get students to school on time every day.
Approved on the 27th day of August, 2018.
GRAY EDMONDSON, BOARD PRESIDENT
BRIAN D. HARVEY, SUPERINTENDENT