State Superintendent Energizes Students By Introducing Attendance Matters Initiative

August 11, 2015

Attendance Matters
State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano introduces a statewide attendance initiative in front of 450 students at Kellogg Elementary on their first full day of school.

CHARLESTON, W.VA – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) kicked off a statewide attendance initiative today in Wayne County. State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano visited Ft. Gay Pre-K-8, Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley Technical Center and Kellogg Elementary to announce the initiative which reminds every student to attend school every day. Martirano is using the beginning of the school year to remind students of the importance of attending school on a regular basis and encouraging them to form daily routines.

WVDE has signed on with national partner, Attendance Works, to provide materials and facilitate activities for parents, teachers, schools and students which help promote regular attendance throughout the school year.

“There is a direct correlation between regular attendance and positive student achievement,” Martirano said. “Regular attendance is a critical habit that must be instilled among our students at an early age. Through this year-long initiative, we are bringing attendance to the forefront for our teachers, our parents and our students.”

Research shows when a student misses 10% or more of the school year – or just two to three days a month – that student is more likely to drop out of high school. Absences are often overlooked if they are excused, but if students don’t attend school regularly, they miss out on the chance to acquire fundamental reading and math skills and to build a habit of good attendance that will help them throughout their education and in the workplace. Children from low-income families are especially hard hit. Children living in poverty have fewer resources to make up for the lost learning opportunities and are more likely to experience chronic absence because of the economic and health challenges they face.

Martirano was joined by County Superintendent Sandra Pertee, County School Board members and several Wayne County officials including Sen. Robert Plymale (D - Wayne), Del. Kenneth Hicks (D-Wayne), Del. Sean Hornbuckle and Del. Don Perdue (D - Wayne).

To learn more and to access materials to help facilitate positive attendance throughout the school year, schools, parents and students are encouraged to visit:

For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at or 304-558-2699.

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