Hello, KCPS families, friends, staff and visitors!

    Dr Mark Bedell

    September is Attendance Awareness Month in KCPS. All month, we'll be encouraging and helping our students learn how to be at school on time and ready to learn every day classes are in session. This is incredibly important. Just missing 10 days in a school year can have a major negative impact on a child's development and success. That's about one day a month.

    Our teachers have a huge job. We expect them to cover a lot of ground every year as we help our children grow academically, socially and emotionally. As a school system, we build in breaks and holidays because we understand that everybody needs opportunities to recharge. But when school is in session, we need everybody to be working hard. This is how we make real improvements. To quote Serena Williams, "Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”

    Attendance Awareness Month isn't just about students attending school. It's also a time for staff and parents to remember to attend to the needs of our children. They need our guidance and support. We have to explain to them why it's important that they be at school, and then teach them how. A few simple steps can make a big difference. This can include things like setting a regular bed time and morning routine, preparing clothes and backpacks the night before, and having alternative plans for getting your child to school in case something comes up.

    Our children need all of us to show-up on their behalf and to lift them up together. I know that we are going to do great things this year as we all grow. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for choosing KCPS!

    Yours in education,
    Dr. Mark Bedell
    Superintendent of Schools

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