Statewide ‘High Attendance Day’ set for next Wednesday

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 13, 2013

PRESTONSBURG - County schools ready for “High Attendance Day” competition which will take place next week.

Floyd County Superintendent Henry Webb made the announcement this week that Wednesday, Sept. 18, is High Attendance Day for the state of Kentucky.

“Betsy Layne High School has won the high school division of this statewide competition three of the last four years and Betsy Layne Middle won last year,” said Webb. “For elementary and middle schools, many can have 100% attendance on the day of the competition and ties are broken by attendance on the previous day.

“Several of our schools have 98% attendance and higher on a regular basis this year and one or more of our schools can easily win this statewide competition,” Webb continued.

On High Attendance Day elementary, middle, or high schools compete in small school or large school categories and awards are determined statewide based on each individual school’s performance. The school in each category with the highest percentage attendance for that day will be awarded $500.

Educators agree that regular attendance is essential for success in school. By attending class regularly, students are more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and achieve academic performance benchmarks on time. Research reflects that a child’s attendance record is one of the strongest single predictors of their academic success.

“We know our kids, staff and community understand that being in school gives kids the best opportunities for learning and that is what this day represents,” said Webb adding that the board is hoping Floyd County Schools sweep the competition this year with ties in it’s district.