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No Excuses – Go to School

The Elk Grove Unified School District actively promotes regular school attendance through an incentive and promotion campaign called No Excuses – Go to School. The campaign encourages students and parents to make the importance of going to school top of mind. A recent study by Doug D. Ready emphasized that while students from low income backgrounds may face greater academic challenges, those who have good attendance rates “gain more literacy skills than their higher socioeconomic status peers during kindergarten and first grade.”1

The No Excuses – Go to School attendance campaign helps teach the value of “responsibility” to promote the importance of regular school attendance. The positive impact consistent school attendance has on literacy learning and peer collaboration means better engagement for all students.

The No Excuses – Go to School outreach program aims to reach parents and community members through school newsletter articles, press releases, letters home, posters, flyers and incentive contests. The campaign engages students and educators with fun events and contests where students at all levels with perfect attendance for a calendar month are entered into a drawing to receive recognition through the district’s incentive program. Each month, one student with perfect attendance at each campus throughout Elk Grove Unified is randomly chosen to receive a prize made possible by the generous donations of local businesses.

1Socioeconomic Disadvantage, School Attendance, and Early Cognitive Development: The Differential Effects of School Exposure Douglas D. Ready Sociology of Education, October 2010; vol. 83: pp. 271-286

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