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​​​​​​Academic Achievement and Time Spent Engaged in Educational Activities 

The vision statement of the Volusia County School District sets the tone for this district’s commitment to providing a quality education to all of its students. In order to produce students who will become successful contributors to our democratic society, we must first begin with an educational system that allows each child to reach their maximum potential. Academic achievement is at the top of the list of variables that contribute to a child’s ability to succeed in life. Academic achievement is directly correlated to the time spent engaged in educational activities. “A National Center for School Engagement literature review (Heilbrunn, 2007) found that truants have lower grades, need to repeat grades, drop out of school, are expelled from school, or just do not graduate from high school, at higher rates than students with fewer unexcused absences” (National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Prevention Brief).
During the first national symposium on truancy prevention held in Washington, DC in December 2004, J. Robert Flores, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention stated in his message to participants, “the three A’s – Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement… reflect an important component of a child’s school success and ultimately his or her future as a productive, healthy, and happy adult.” While the ultimate goal of any educational institution is to maximize the academic achievement of all of its students, current conventional wisdom dictates that you cannot achieve this goal without also addressing regular school attendance and a child’s emotional connection with the school. If a child does not feel a connection or a bond with their school they will not attend and if they do not attend, they cannot achieve. If our district wants to distinguish itself as a leader in educational excellence, then we cannot ignore nor neglect the important role that regular attendance plays in achieving this goal.  
                                                                        Attendance Awareness Information

     This is an opportunity for schools, parents, and the community to highlight the importance of attendance each day 
                                                                      during the month of September.​ 

Compulsory School Attendance

Effective July 1, 2006, two changes were made in the compulsory attendance laws for public school children.
School boards are authorized to establish policies that allow accumulated unexcused tardies, regardless of when they occur during the school day, and early departures from school to be recorded as unexcused absences (Florida Statutes 1003.02 [1] [b]).

Public school students who have attained the age of 16 years and who have not graduated are subject to compulsory school attendance until a formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment is filed with the school board. The student's guidance counselor or other school personnel must conduct an exit interview with the student to determine the reasons for the student's decision to terminate school enrollment and actions that could be taken to keep the student in school (Florida Statutes 1003.21 [2] [c]).
This law strengthens the expectation that parents must ensure their children are in school on time, every day, all day. Research indicates a high positive correlation between Attendance and Achievement.

Volusia County Schools District Attendance Manual and Related Information

Attendance Guidelines

Handling Did Not Enroll (DNE) Students

Technical Assistance Papers

Technical Assistance Papers (TAP) are produced periodically by the Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services to present discussion of current topics. The TAPs may be used for inservice sessions, technical assistance visits, parent organization meetings, or interdisciplinary discussion groups. Topics are identified by state steering committees, district personnel, and individuals, or from program compliance monitoring.

Compulsory School Attendance: Update
Implementation of Attendance Requirements for Minors to Maintain Their Driving Privilege
Identifying and Reporting Dropouts for Grades PK-12
Learnfare Program Update


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