School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents, and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused as well as unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month — can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses, and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. The impact hits low-income students, who most depend on school for providing opportunities to learn, particularly hard.
For the 2021-22 school year – more than ever before – there is a great need to invest in the transition back
to in-person learning.
Beginning with its September regular Board meeting, the Kern County Board of Education has returned to an in-person meeting format. Members of the public wishing to comment on matters within the Board's jurisdiction will need to attend the meeting in person to do so, at the time and place stated on the meeting agenda. The agenda can be accessed at www.kern.org
The Board in the future may need to return to a teleconferencing format as permitted by the Ralph M. Brown Act based on conditions relating to the ongoing pandemic or as otherwise permitted by law. The meeting agendas will clearly indicate whether this is the case.