High Attendance Day set for Tuesday, September 17

Infographic for High Attendance Day showing raised hands and text on top.

Infographic for High Attendance Day showing raised hands and text on top.

Can we count you in on Tuesday, September 17th?

The Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel have designated Tuesday, September 17 as statewide “High Attendance Day” to emphasize that consistent attendance is essential for success in school.

On High Attendance Day, Kentucky’s public elementary, middle and high schools compete in small-school and large-school categories. Winners are determined statewide based on each individual school’s performance, regardless of its district’s showing. The school in each category with the highest percentage attendance for September 17 will win a prize.

Although September 17 is important to school districts like Knox County, it is every school day that matters.

Here are a few tips to ensure that students are in school, on time, each day:

  • Try to schedule doctor and dentist appointments for off days, school holidays or at the ending of the school day.   If scheduled at the beginning of the school day, please be sure to bring your child to school once the appointment is finished.
  • Monitor your child’s attendance through Parent Portal to keep track of absences. If an absence is marked incorrectly, please contact the school attendance secretary.
  • Keep in mind that patterns are formed early. It is more difficult to break a bad habit (children begging to stay home from school “just this once”) than saying “no” in the beginning.
  • If your child participates in extracurricular activities, including athletics and clubs or organization, or wishes to attend school functions, remember that they must have no more than six unexcused absences or twenty unexcused tardies.
  • The school bus is a consistent way to ensure your child arrives at school in a timely manner. Arriving late can be disruptive for your child, the teacher, and the other children in the class.