• (YONKERS, NY – October 7, 2019) Mayor Mike Spano, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin M. Quezada today recognized Attendance Awareness Month at an assembly at Family School 32 by asking Yonkers students to participate in the Pledge 182 campaign, in which they commit to attending school every day and on time.

    “We need to remind our children that every day they attend school counts and makes them more successful students,” said Mayor Spano. “Working with our Yonkers Public Schools administrators, teachers and parents, I know our students will continue to work hard and to strive for achievement and greatness in their academic career and beyond.”

    “Students’ academic, social and emotional achievement in school is predicated on their attendance,” explained Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “Classroom instruction is a continuous learning cycle focused on high standards, organized curriculum, quality instruction and assessment.  Our outstanding administrators and teachers scaffold students’ work based on each child’s needs and strengths.  Both parents and children must assume the responsibility to be present at school every day. I commend Family School 32’s Principal Dr. Miriam Digneo, Assistant Principal Michael Jacobs, the faculty and staff for their work to nurture and encourage 100% attendance.”  

    Research has shown that students who miss 10% of the school year (18 days or 2 days per month) are not as academically successful through their school years and have a more difficult time graduating. Starting as early as Kindergarten, chronic absenteeism can cause a student to fall behind in school. In fact, chronic absenteeism, missing 18 days or more, can make it more difficult for children to learn to read and develop fundamental math skills.

    Mayor Spano challenged the students of Family School 32, urging them to sign the pledge and promised to return in June and give a pizza party to the students who achieve a perfect attendance during the 2019-2020 academic school year.