A Message about Attendance Awareness from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

A Message about Attendance Awareness from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Dear Families,
Please take a moment to read this important information.
September is National Attendance Awareness Month For Hartford Public Schools students in particular, attendance is crucial because we have aChronic Absenteeism crisis in our district. Missing at least 18 days of school, a full 10 percent of the school year, is known as Chronic Absenteeism
Statistics show that Chronic Absenteeism has a direct effect on our students’ academic success and can negatively impact their futures.
Last year, 1 in every 4 of our students missed at least 18 days of school – a full 10 percent of the school year.  Data shows that while missing that much of the school year, only 17 percent of Kindergartners will read on grade level after 3rd grade—a major milestone and predictor of academic success. By middle school, Chronic Absence is one of the leading indicators that a student will drop out.
That is why I am calling upon the entire Hartford community to work together to ensure that each child is in school every day.
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If you have questions or need help with transportation, uniforms, health concerns or any problem getting your child to school, please call our Welcome Center at 860-695-8400.
Please make sure that your contact information on file at your child’s school is current and updated.
Learn More! Get information, resources, and watch our video!https://www.hartfordschools.org/attendancematters
If you have questions about how you can help, please email Outreach@hartfordschools.org
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Thank you very much for working with us shoulder-to-shoulder to ensure that all our students succeed!

Attendance Matters. Each Student. Every Day.
Sincerely,
Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools