September is Attendance Awareness Month and Cancer Awareness Month
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school attendance is a protective risk factor in adolescents. Protective risk factors contribute to lower engagement in high-risk behaviors and can help to predict the success of an individual. School attendance strengthens school connectedness by deepening a student's belief that peers and teachers care about their well-being. Adolescents that exhibit strong school attendance patters are less likely to use alcohol and drugs, show less involvement with violence and gang membership and are more likely to delay early sexual initiation. In addition to preventing high-risk behaviors, school attendance is invariably linked to better academic achievement often seen in higher standardized test scores and graduation rates.