Skipping school isn’t smart

Attending school is cool.

That’s the message Lake County Schools hopes to instill into students during Attendance Awareness Month in September. During the nationwide campaign, students are encouraged to participate in Attendance Theme Week, which lasts from Sept. 3-6. Each day has a different theme.

The dates and themes for Lake County Schools are as follows:

Sept. 3—“We Belong Together.” Students are encouraged to come with crazy, glowing hair.

Sept. 4—“You Belong to Our Team.” Students should don attire of their favorite sports teams.

Sept. 5—“We Belong to DC Comic vs. Marvel Universe.” Students can wear a T-shirt of their favorite comics character.

Sept. 6—“We Belong in our School.” Students should show spirit by donning their school colors.

School officials hope the county’s participation will reduce chronic absence, which is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year. In 2018-2019, Lake had 7,086 students who were chronically absent.

“Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to particular challenges and strengths in each community,” Emily Weiskopf, assistant superintendent of teaching, said in a press release. “Chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, families, and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and break down systemic barriers to regular school attendance.”