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September kicks off Attendance Awareness Month at schools

Madison Crossroads Elementary is encouraging high attendance in students. (Source: WAFF) Madison Crossroads Elementary is encouraging high attendance in students. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - September is Attendance Awareness Month and schools want to make sure students are in the classrooms.

Some parents and students don't realize how quickly absences can leave children falling behind, and that includes all grade levels from Pre-K to high school.

Madison County schools are on staggered start times this year and Principal Russ O'Rear at Madison Crossroads Elementary says that helps attendance at his school.

"By having the teachers here at 7:15 in the morning and having that 30 minute window before our school day officially begins at 7:45, many of the parents are taking advantage of that and bringing their children early."

He says they've already started the school year off with a better attendance record than last year. 

All teachers take roll and turn those attendance reports in to the office every day. If a teacher notices a tardy or absent pattern, the school steps in.

"For those students who have issues with attendance or tardies, we have a social worker who works with our system and comes out and she helps us monitor that and be in contact with the parents to make sure there's not any issues there," said O'Rear.

If you need a few extra ideas on how to motivate your children and encourage them to go to school, here are 5 Ways to Motivate Your Child for School according to the Aspen Education Group.

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