Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the new superintendent of APS was present and direct in her first board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014. She set the tone, expectations, acknowledged the challenges and the focus of her leadership team for the first day of school and beyond. The board meeting took on an atmosphere that APS is moving in the convincing direction for recovery. Many Atlantans were able to view the board meeting on live stream.
The attendance campaign is to get every student at school on the first day of school which is August 4, 2014. Atlanta Public Schools has a history of many students failing to attend school on the first day. Absent students cost the district thousands. Parent and guardians have the responsibility to get students in their seats on the first day and everyday.
The superintendent, principals and businesses are giving out bells, whistles and incentives to students who attend the first day. Agencies and organizations in Atlanta are giving out school supplies, clothing and whatever students need to start the first day of school successful. There are no excuses for students not to be present. Education is too important to miss a single day. Parents, guardians, teachers, school staff, mentors, and volunteers must stress the importance of attendance and a good education.
Registered students must be in their seats and on time the first day of school. Students get behind in their learning each day they miss school. Parents must get their children off to a great start, by attending school the first day and everyday. When students miss schools, they get behind their peers in learning. Parents must take full responsibility and are accountable if this happens. Parents and the school must work together in a partnership for the good of the students. As President Barrack Obama said in one of his addresses, “Let’s get it done.’
Mark and save the date, Monday, August 4, 2014, is the first day of school for Atlanta Public Schools. Students must be there. Parents, school administrators and staff are depending on you. See you in class on the first day of school. Children first.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” -African proverb
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