Dallas ISD is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month during September to promote strong, consistent attendance habits that will set students up for success at all grade levels. The theme for the 2023-2024 school year is “Show up! Attendance Matters.” The Graduation, Recovery, Attendance/Advocacy and Dropout Intervention (GRAAD) department is hosting weekly kickoffs for students and team members to help build routines, increase engagement, provide access to resources, and support learning.
“We would like every student to succeed in school by building good attendance habits. When students and parents know how important good school attendance is, then our district has a better opportunity to reduce chronic absenteeism,” said Sally Salinas, GRAAD department specialist III truant officer. “We want students to be in school every day school is in session because research has shown that good attendance is related to improved achievement for students.”
Each Wednesday throughout the month, central and campus team members are encouraged to participate in weekly attendance awareness dress-up days. The theme for every week can be found below.
Week 1, Sept. 6: Jam Out in Jammies
Show up and jam out to your school song or school pledge in your favorite jammies.
Week 2, Sept. 13: Tropical Wednesday
Show up in your beach or tropical luau attire.
Week 3, Sept. 20: Life is Better in Camo
Show up dressed in camouflage.
Week 4, Sept. 27: Tie-dye to Great Learning
Show up wearing tie-dye clothing or a tie.
To learn more about the district’s Attendance Awareness Month campaign or to find additional resources, click here.