The San Mateo County Board of Education considers and takes action on a variety of resolutions addressing issues important to San Mateo County students, families, educators, and schools. This page includes the Board’s resolutions over the last year and highlights a featured resolution. Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
Joint Resolution No. 21-50: Recognizing September 2021 as Attendance Awareness Month
Whereas, the San Mateo County Board of Education and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools recognize that regular school attendance is essential in preparing students for success in college, career, and life; and
Whereas, chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent or more days of school for any reason, is a proven predictor of lower third-grade reading proficiency and course failure, as well as a leading indicator of students dropping out of school; and
Whereas, according to Attendance Works, due to COVID-19, chronic absence is estimated to have increased, potentially doubling in size from one out of six to one out of three students, with Black, Latino, and Native American students, students living in poverty, students with disabilities, and English language learners especially affected; and
Whereas, a successful return to full in-person learning will require the monitoring of data on chronic absenteeism and low participation, as well as adopting relationship-building and trauma-informed restorative practices to support student behavior and engagement; and
Whereas, monitoring attendance offers crucial real-time information about whether students are responding to engagement strategies and are on the path to learning; and
Whereas, monitoring student attendance and engagement is an invaluable tool for assessing where family outreach and other efforts to support students should be focused;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the San Mateo County Board of Education and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools hereby declare the month of September 2021 as Attendance Awareness Month and support activities to increase school attendance and learning time during the 2021-2022 school year.
Executive Assistant to the San Mateo County Board of Education
Phone: (650) 802-5552