January Attendance Campaign Update

The Dayton Public Schools continue to make progress toward better student and staff attendance due to the Be Present for a Better Future attendance campaign. Below are five campaign highlights:

1. More than 1,000 students had perfect attendance during the first semester.

1,022 students were offered free Wright State Basketball tickets for a game on Saturday, December 28th for having perfect attendance from the first day of school until December 20th, the day before Winter Break.

2. The percentage of students who are on track with their attendance has increased by 2.15% district-wide.

There are more than 9,100 students on track this school year, an increase of over 260 students compared to last year. At this point in the school year, that means students have missed 8 or fewer days.

3. DPS Be Present Days are increasing attendance.

This school year, the district has implemented “Be Present Days” on days with historically low attendance, such as holidays that students do not have off and the days before and after breaks.

More communication than usual is shared leading up to these days to remind students and parents that school is in session. Students may receive incentives — like movie tickets, sporting event tickets or surprise ice cream parties — for being in school on Be Present Days.

These efforts are working, according to attendance data. The largest improvement so far was the day before Winter Break in which attendance was up 5.03% compared to last year.

The next district Be Present Day is Tuesday, January 21st, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

4. Dunbar Early College High School has the most-improved average daily attendance rate.

Dunbar’s attendance rate has increased by 3.64% since last year, the largest improvement of all schools.

5. Nearly 55% of students at Eastmont Elementary attended every day in December and were rewarded with an ice cream social.

249 of 458 students had perfect attendance in December.

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