Superintendent's Update - Friday, September 1st 2017



Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month and our administrative team is working to develop ways to address attendance concerns and meet family needs to help students stay engaged in learning.


In recent years, 39% of our students have been absent 10 days or more during the school year. Research indicates that good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. This may seem obvious, but when do we start to notice attendance affecting learning? Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year. This can add up quickly; just one or two days a month can produce long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. While some absences for illness are unavoidable, it is important to get children to school as often as possible starting as early as prekindergarten. By middle school and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout.


Ohio’s HB 410 is a strong initiative that requires districts to respond when students have multiple absences. In instances of habitual truancy, parents must be engaged to take part in an absence intervention team plan. HB 410 also changes how we calculate absences. While we previously were able to record absences as half or full days, we must now report by hours for a more accurate accounting of time missed. The chart below shows definitions of absences.


As indicated, excessive absences and chronic absenteeism does not differentiate in terms of excused or unexcused absences. All absences, regardless of excuse, are counted in these categories.


The Board of Education has revised policy to meet the guidelines of HB 410. The district administrative team is working to align the absence recording and reporting of all buildings to the new Board policy, HB 410 regulations and Ohio Department of Education data requirements. More details will be shared with parents through individual building newsletters and emails. Handbooks and district publications will beupdated to reflect changes.




Upcoming Dates

September 4, 2017 – No School – Labor Day

September 15, 2017 – Homecoming Parade/Game

Until Next week,

A Photo of Jodie HausmannJodie Hausmann's Signature

   Jodie Hausmann

Perkins Local School District
3714 Campbell St.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 625-0484

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