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Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Karen Sakata, and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, are proud to partner on an awareness campaign entitled Every School Day Counts: Attend today, Achieve for a Lifetime! This campaign is designed to provide communication resources to schools, engage school communities, and boost student attendance as soon as children enter school.

2017 Attendance Awareness Calendars Now Available

2016 Attendance Awareness CalendarThis keepsake calendar displays the winning submissions from the “Every School Day Counts” Poster and Essay contest for Middle and High School students. Winning posters received $100 and the artwork will appear on local transit buses around the county!

Our attendance awareness monthly themes and key messages are also included, along with a list of district principals recognized on the Principal Honor Roll.

Order One Today!

Click on this link to download the order form

Year three of our county-wide
Attendance Awareness Campaign kicks off!

Contra Costa County Office of Education is excited to embark on another year of helping you to raise awareness regarding the importance of daily school attendance.

Themes for July:

Elementary School – Remember, “Every School Day Counts”

Key message: Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month. Additionally, when children are absent, the state reduces school funding and resources toward pay for teachers and books. We all are negatively affected when a child is not in school.

Middle and High School – Every Day Counts!

Key Message: If you think missing a day here or there won't matter, think again. By missing just one day every two weeks, you would be on track to miss 10 percent of the school year – and that can happen before you know it.



Attendance Awareness Webinars

View More National Webinars Produced by Attendance Works Here:

Archived Webinars

August 2016
Collective Action: Taking a Cross-Sector Approach

National Attendance Awareness Month Webinar – August 2015
Start Strong: Address the Attendance Gap in the Early Grades

National Attendance Awareness Month Webinar – August 2015
Finish Strong: Address the Attendance Gap for Teens

California Principals Webinar – August 2015
Leading Attendance: How Elementary Principals In California Can Close the Achievement Gap by Reducing Chronic Absence


Plan Ahead... Use the Attendance Monthly Themes and Key Messages in your School Newsletter

Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to address each individual school community. The Contra Costa County Office of Education is committed to providing your school with tools and resources to help you meet your goals of improving attendance at your school sites.
Click here to learn more!

The Every School Day Counts Toolkit

toolkit imageThe Every School Day Counts Toolkit helps schools and community partners get started in taking steps toward those solutions. The downloadable digital file includes:

  • Toolkit Overview
  • A Tool for Self-Assessment
  • Parent flyers in English and Spanish
  • Talking points about attendance for multiple audiences
  • Tips for getting in touch with hard-to-reach parents
  • Guidelines for establishing school-wide attendance incentives
  • Attendance certificates to reward good attendance
  • Posters To Display at your Schools

Download your school district's customized Every School Day Counts Toolkit here


Download the PDF infographics below (English and Spanish) and help spread the word about Attendance Awareness! Courtesy of Attendance Works

Attendance Awareness infographic EnglishAttendance Awareness infographic Spanish

Attendance Works – A toolkit for identifying promising local practice:

Attendance Works toolkit


Page updated on: July 20, 2017

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