Attendance Works has also prepared different toolkits that are available and free to use. We encourage Lake County schools to take advantage of these tools that are research based and are based on "Best Practices" in the field of attendance. Different toolkits are directed toward a different population: parents, teachers, principals and communities. They have also created posters, brochures and handouts that we are encouraged to use.
Excused Versus Unexcused
This campaign also brings awareness to the fact that whether absences are excused or unexcused, they still count. While "truancy" normally includes only unexcused absences, excused absences add up and they can be just as detrimental for the students academic success. They have even researched information regarding missing school for family vacations.
Lake County's Participation in Attendance Awareness Month
In response to the new Attendance Awareness Month, the Attendance and Truancy Division (ATD) of the Lake County Regional Office of Education has joined with Attendance Works to celebrate the month of September for Attendance Awareness Month. Each Monday through the month of September, the Director of ATD sends out emails to all of the School Administrator's in Lake County with attendance tips and links to resources. One week is selected during September and is still designated as Attendance Week, in which schools compete for recognition of the "Top Ten" in their category. From now on, each year, this Attendance Week will be the first full week of September after the Labor Day holiday.
Top Ten Awards Ceremony
At the conclusion of Attendance Awareness Month
, ATD celebrates the end of Attendance Awareness Month with the Top Ten Awards Ceremony. This event typically is held at the College of Lake County's Grayslake Campus. This is an awesome event for the students to participate in. Each school uses different criteria to select which students are invited to attend the award ceremony. Many of the students are selected based on their good attendance, while others might have been part of the planning team for their schools activities during Attendance Week. Some of the schools have invited parents to attend as well, which promotes Parental Involvement.
The ceremony event actually has 2 components - the Award Ceremony and a breakfast. While eating, the students are at tables with students from other schools across the county. They are able to network with their peers in a positive environment.