1 in 4 students in Washington DC is chronically absent, meaning they miss 10% or more of the school year. Chronic absenteeism is strongly linked to falling behind academically and dropping out of high school, and missing just two days a month can put students at risk of academic failure.
Join us Saturday, April 21 for the Every Day Counts! Attendance Summit, where participants will gain knowledge of research, local resources, and promising practices to help improve student attendance in Washington DC. Our event will kick off with a breakfast pep rally, featuring student performances and conversations with policymakers.
The DME encourage you to extend invitations to others in your community and attend as a team, as teams will have an opportunity to reflect together on next steps. We’ve designed the attached toolkit, which will provide you with the communications tools to spread awareness and increase your community’s involvement at the upcoming summit.
Summit Teams might include:
- Teachers and school staff
- Students, parents and family members
- Local business owners, faith leaders, and organizers
- Health and safety professionals
- Community-based organizations
- Others who should be part of the conversation
The Summit will run from 9:30am to 3:00pm EST at Ron Brown High School, 4800 Meade Street NE. The event is hosted by The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, in partnership with Kinvolved, a national organization focused on engaging students, parents, and families in increasing student attendance.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Katrina Ballard for any additional information.