September is Attendance Awareness Month: Inglewood Unified Invites Students to Create Artwork for New Attendance Campaign

Inglewood Unified is recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month by implementing an attendance campaign to communicate to students and parents our goal of fewer than seven absences all year.

Inglewood Unified is asking students to dazzle the community with amazing artwork to support a new attendance campaign designed to celebrate classroom success and combat chronic absenteeism.

All current students are encouraged to submit original graphic designs, drawings, paintings or sketches to illustrate the District theme for attendance: “Every Student. Every Day”. The winning artwork will be showcased on District attendance campaign materials. The contest is a part of the District’s efforts for Attendance Awareness Month as schools across the country connect through awareness and promotions.

Submissions may be sent to Ms. Katrina Taylor, Director of Student Support Services, at Katrina.taylor@inglewoodusd.com or delivered to a school principal by September 20, 2019 no later than 4 pm.

“Our attendance campaign is designed to emphasize the many benefits students receive from daily attendance while also spotlighting the special talents of our students,” Inglewood Unified State Administrator Dr. Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana said. “I am excited to see the creativity our students demonstrate as we drive home our message that attendance is critical to academic success.”

Research shows that students who attend school regularly are more successful in achieving early learning milestones – such as grade-level reading by the third grade – and are more likely to graduate.

Inglewood Unified heightened its focus on attendance starting with the first day of school. Students were greeted by school staff members on red carpets with balloons and pencils. Each student who arrived on time for the first day was entered into a drawing to win two tickets to a Los Angeles Rams game.

Throughout the year, staff members and parents will be encouraged to share attendance successes and celebrations on social media using the hashtag #EveryStudentEveryDay. Schools across the District will host student assemblies and provide resources for families.