I hope everyone is planning their campaign for Attendance Awareness Month. Pictured above is the darling bulletin board my wonderful volunteer made for me last September that I will be putting back up with a new background. We also laminated copies of the banner available for free download at attendanceworks.org along with lots of great ideas and research. Attendance is an area in the ASCA National Model that counselors are tasked with addressing. Encourage all students to come to school on time every day (unless they are seriously sick or there is a family emergency). I encourage staff not to send the message taking family vacations is an excuse for being out or providing busy work packets for the plane can possibly makeup for missing what happens in the classroom. Children and families need clear messages abut the importance of regular school attendance. The Attendance Works site makes a point to say start reinforcing good attendance in kindergarten!