September is Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month: Regular School Attendance Improves Student Success
Posted on 09/11/2023
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September is National Attendance Awareness Month and the entire DeSoto ISD school community will unite in focus on keeping its students present and on time every school day.

DeSoto ISD will partner with its campuses to reiterate the attendance messages through weekly parent and daily student communication and has instituted several initiatives and activities to deepen their understanding celebrate good school attendance and raise awareness of the impacts of chronic absenteeism on future readiness.

Missing one school day or one class period is one day too many, therefore in addition to the month-long focus on attendance, DeSoto ISD is also launching its year-long school attendance, education, and recognition campaign, which is rooted in encouraging the students to maintain a 100% attendance rating every day, every class period.

The district will be reaching out to local community partners and organizations interested in celebrating students who are maintaining a perfect attendance record each six-week grading period according to the stated criteria.

Each campus will also have stated daily and weekly attendance goals to meet this year and will host incentive programs during the month of September.

School attendance is important and the development of good school and class attendance habits is a job for all members of the school community. 


  • Parents can provide a contingency plan for students to get to school in the event of an emergency or interruption in regular planning. Help students build relationships with friends and staff and encourage them to ask for the support needed.


  • Teachers and district staff can ensure that students have a positive, engaging, safe, and supportive learning environment and keep an open line of communication with parents and students. Also, be diligent about attendance goals and reporting.

  • Students can prepare for school ahead of time, complete assignments, stay engaged with the lesson, communicate their needs, and be good a model for attendance to peers and leaders.