September: Attendance Awareness and Suicide Prevention

The School Board has adopted a proclamation declaring September Attendance Awareness Month to encourage regular school attendance. 

Attendance in Loudoun schools last year was 94.53%. The proclamation reaffirms the division’s commitment to reduce chronic absenteeism rates with a focus starting as early as prekindergarten and kindergarten. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of school for any reason.

Additionally, the School Board designated September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with a promise to promote greater awareness and effective suicide prevention strategies. 

One thought on “September: Attendance Awareness and Suicide Prevention

  • 2022-08-28 at 10:40 am

    Our brains are filled with chemistry which often gets depleted when under stress. It can be good or bad stressors that impacts the levels of your brain chemistry. In order to get you through challenging times, moments in your life you must try your darnedest to keep these levels up.
    Walking, talking, reading, listening to music, watching a good movie and volunteering are some wonderful exercises to help maintain your brain health. When under stress; try to go for a walk, talk with a mentor or friend who you can trust, read etc…
    It has been a concern that when someone becomes suicidal that they may not be able to get their brain chemistry up without medications. When on medications, please provide psycho education to everyone involved that they may increase it just enough to give the energy to commit suicide. Contract out with them to seek help asap. The support may be just what they need until their levels are therapeutic and not under the levels that are risky.
    Schools should focus on play. Children need to have recess time. This is one of the most important activities in education today. Tell them do not spend their time frustrated or arguing but playing. They need it in order to build their brain chemistries and it will give them a break for the doldrums of having to focus on their lessons.

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