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The School Support Services team assists schools in maximizing instructional time, increasing academic achievement and reducing high school drop-out rates by establishing school-wide positive behavioral systems. These systems, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), contribute to a school climate that is conducive to both teaching and learning, which ultimately provide a firm foundation for the academic success of all students.

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September is National Attendance Awareness Month

Education groups stress importance of attendance to parents, guardians and children to improve academic performance in Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Mayor Byron M. Brown issued a proclamation declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month in the city of Buffalo as part of a campaign by various partners in the community to create greater awareness about the importance of attendance for schoolchildren.  

The month long campaign is intended to target parents, guardians and schoolchildren in the Buffalo Public School system and start the process of building a habit and a culture of regular attendance, use data to monitor when chronic absence is a problem and identify and solve barriers to getting children to school.

“We are providing training, created an attendance improvement tool kit as well as technical assistance to the Buffalo Public Schools in order to develop school, community and district-wide responses to improve attendance,” said Donald A. Ogilvie,  “It’s vital that we are all working together to come up with solutions to reduce absenteeism in the City’s schools.”

“Improving attendance through collaboration with community based organizations and education partners is a critical component of our reform agenda for the school system,” said Dr. Pamela C. Brown, Superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.  “Through the resources being provided by our community partners, I am confident we will reduce absenteeism in the school district.”

Chronic absence – missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month – can translate into third graders unable to read at grade level, sixth graders failing courses, and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact hits low-income students particularly hard, especially if they don’t have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom and are more likely to face barriers to getting to school, such as unreliable transportation and chronic health issues.

“Having resources in the schools and community to help children and families overcome barriers to attendance is critically important in reducing absenteeism,” said Michael Weiner, president and CEO, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. “We can talk about how important attendance is, but we need to provide children and their families with solutions to these barriers so we can help solve this chronic problem plaguing city schools.”

According to Attendance Works, a national advocacy group, attendance in the pivotal transition years of Kindergarten through second and then in ninth grade were a key indicator of whether students would finish high school – even more accurate than academic school readiness for Kindergarten or eighth grade test scores.

“Attendance in the early grades is critical to sustaining the school readiness skills that preschool or Head Start programs can help children to develop,” said Anne Ryan, executive director of Read to Succeed Buffalo.  “Research shows that students who arrived at school academically ready to learn, but then missed 10 percent of their kindergarten and first grade years, scored an average of 60 points below similar students with good attendance on third-grade reading tests.”

“Our commitment to Buffalo is to create an environment where all students have the opportunity to be academically successful, graduate high school and achieve a postsecondary degree of their choosing," said David Rust, executive director of Say Yes Buffalo. "We know that school attendance is critical to academic achievement and thank the Mayor for his declaration that will increase awareness of the issue and to the Superintendent, Erie 1 BOCES and other partners that are making it a community priority."

Attendance Awareness Month is an initiative of Attendance Works a national organization that is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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