I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. The 2023-24 School Year is well underway; this is also a great time to emphasize the importance of school attendance and its profound impact on our students’ success.

School attendance is not merely a matter of following rules and regulations; it is the cornerstone of our children’s educational journey. When students attend school regularly, they open the door to countless opportunities for growth, learning and personal development. Here are a few compelling reasons why school attendance is so vital:

Academic Achievement: Regular attendance is directly linked to improved academic performance. Students who attend school consistently are more likely to keep up with their coursework, perform well on exams and achieve their educational goals.

Resiliency Skills: School is not just a place for academics; it’s where students form friendships, build relationships with teachers and develop social skills. Consistent attendance allows students to foster these connections, contributing to their overall emotional well-being.

Preparation for the Future: Every day of school is an opportunity to learn, grow and prepare for the future. Each class missed represents a missed opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that are crucial for success in adulthood.

Accountability and Responsibility: Regular attendance teaches students the importance of responsibility and commitment. It instills a work ethic that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Community Engagement: Schools are the heart of our communities. Students attending school regularly strengthens our sense of community and reinforces the idea that education is a collective effort.

Reduced Achievement Gap: Consistent attendance plays a pivotal role in reducing the achievement gap among students from different backgrounds. It ensures that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.

I want to assure you that Flagler Schools is committed to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment where every student feels valued and supported. We understand that various factors can sometimes affect attendance, but please know that we are here to help. If your child faces challenges that may impact their attendance, please contact your school’s guidance counselor or administration. We have resources and support systems in place to assist families in overcoming these obstacles.

Parents and guardians, I urge you to prioritize school attendance and encourage your children to embrace the power of education. Together, we can ensure that our students have the best possible chance to achieve their dreams and become productive, responsible citizens.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we work together to empower our students and build a brighter future for our community.

Lashakia Moore
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LaShakia Moore
Superintendent, Flagler Schools