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Every Day Counts Campaign Kicks-off

The Humboldt County Office of Education has launched a campaign to promote the importance of regular school attendance and to engage communities to reduce chronic absence. Consistent school attendance is critical for setting a foundation for future success. Families often do not realize how quickly absences can add up, and the start of a new school year is the time to build awareness about the connection between attendance and school success. “For most children, missing just 3 days a year can make a child fall behind,” stated Maggie Fleming, District Attorney, Humboldt County. “So everything we can do to help those children get through all those years and to support each other in helping get kids through school is critical,” said Fleming.

The message behind the ‘Every Day Counts’ campaign is that children will learn and succeed in the classroom when we remove barriers to attendance, establish good attendance patterns, and celebrate successes in punctual and improved attendance. Attendance also improves when schools closely monitor chronic absence and engage in personalized outreach and support to students. According to Tom Chapman, Chief of Police for Arcata Police Department, “when children are not in school, their peer groups change, which can have other effects on our community.”

The first month of school is important because it forms habits that will continue to set a foundation for the rest of the year. “The biggest thing about regular attendance in the first month is that it sows the seeds for connection,” stated Georgeanne Fulstone-Pucillo, Principal of Alice Birney School. “Habits form slowly but they form one step at a time, one day at a time, and one student at a time,” said Fulstone-Pucillo. The bottom line is, when children are not in school, they are not learning. Having awareness in our schools and broader community about the importance of regular attendance will set a foundation for everyone to start strong for success. For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenny Bowen at 707-445-7767 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Original article: HCOE Press Release