September is Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

September marks Attendance Awareness Month.


“It’s back-to-school season, which is an exciting time,” South Dakota Secretary of Education Ben Jones said in a press release. “The research tells us that half the students who miss two to four days of school in September will end up missing almost a month of school over the rest of the school year.


“With that in mind, I encourage students and families to start strong this month and stay strong with attendance for academic success.”



Gov. Kristi Noem recently issued a proclamation for South Dakota, identifying regular attendance as essential to student achievement, academic progress and, ultimately, graduation.


You can find resources, including parent handouts, and Follow the Attendance Awareness Campaign at

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