Count Me In Campaign
Cincinnati Public Schools' ongoing campaign to raise student attendance is working, with more students consistently showing up for school.
The Count Me In campaign, launched in 2003-04, focuses on making students more aware of the importance of attending classes every school day. It's a simple concept — students who attend class every school day reap educational benefits.
The school district, too, benefits when students consistently attend class — especially during the first full week of October. That is the week of the official enrollment count, an analysis by the Ohio Department of Education of student attendance that serves as the base for determining the district's official enrollment. The enrollment is used to determine how much money the district receives from the state.
Attendance also is a performance measure on the Ohio Report Card, an annual look at how a district and its schools have performed.
The campaign — which teams teachers, social workers, parents, and community and business partners to encourage students to come to class — features posters, letters and attendance pledges for students and parents, as well as incentive prizes.