PRESS RELEASE: Superintendent Harries, Mayor Harp and Over 100 Community Members and Educators Organize to Launch the “Attendance Matters” Campaign

Superintendent Harries, Mayor Harp and Over 100 Community Members and Educators Organize to Launch the “Attendance Matters” Campaign
 


NEW HAVEN – September is attendance awareness month and New Haven Public Schools along with the City of New Haven, parents, community service organizations, clergy, teachers, administrators, school personnel, afterschool program staff, coaches and mentors gathered to launch a citywide attendance engagement campaign called Attendance Matters.
The Attendance Matters campaign focuses on engagement across New Haven by collaborating with schools and the community at large. The goal is to support families in and out of school stressing the importance of daily attendance. Through our work, we have found that transportation, health and understanding of academic impact largely affect daily attendance.
Attendance Matters will:
 

  •  Educate students and families that regular attendance, starting as early as preschool, is essential to long-term academic success by emphasizing the 3 barriers.
  •  Provide incentives and recognition for students and schools when attendance improves.
  • Use student data to identify when students are missing too much school and to trigger early outreach, support and intervention for at-risk students in collaboration with community.
  •  Tap in to health providers, clergy, non-profits, and community groups to support the overall efforts across New Haven.

 
“Attendance is a nationally recognized early warning indicator that a student will graduate on time,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries. “We believe that working with schools and the community to educate families and students about the importance of attendance at an early age will allow our students to continue rising to academic success.”
"Students regular attendance habits are important to develop starting from the earliest grades. In order to make New Haven the 'City that Reads' I encourage the community to join us in getting all of our students in school and fully engaged" said Mayor Toni Harp.
New Haven is committed to supporting all of its students through engagement at schools, afterschool
programs, health centers and all points of access for families. We believe that together, as
a community, we can ensure that all of our students are attending school every day and preparing
for their future.