‘It’s Cool 2B in School’ seeks to raise awareness of absenteeism

By Ashley M. Casey

Last school year, students in the Fulton City School District missed 48,576 instruction days – that’s an average of 14 absences per student. To combat the absenteeism epidemic, the school district has joined Attendance Works, a national campaign to boost attendance rates.

As part of this campaign and Attendance Awareness Month, the district is hosting “It’s Cool 2B in School: Every Day Counts Celebration” Sept. 15. The event will feature children’s games and activities, contests, food vendors and presentations for parents from community organizations.

The goal of this campaign, said Geri Geitner, director of student support programs, is to “raise awareness in the community that attendance is a critical issue.

“We need students to be in school on time and to stay in school all day, every day,” Geitner added.

Geitner said that although missing a couple of days a month may not seem like a big deal, an accumulation of absences negatively affects a student’s learning and social development.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

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