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JAX Chamber Encourages Businesses to Remind Employees about the Importance of School Attendance

August 6th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

The new school year is approaching, and the JAX Chamber is encouraging businesses to remind employees about the importance of the first day of school and provide greater flexibility for employees during the first two weeks.

New bus routes and preparations for school create a busy environment for families. Employers can assist with the transition by reinforcing the importance of day one, reminding employees to plan schedules ahead of time, and when appropriate, offering flexible work schedules.

“Education is a top priority at the Chamber and instrumental in attracting business to the region,” said Wally Lee, president of the JAX Chamber.

The Chamber started communicating the importance of improving attendance records after thousands of Duval County students were absent the first day of school in 2001. Approximately, 123,000 students are expected this year. Attendance plays a role in the schools’ ability to obtain resources as funding is directly tied to the head count for the first 20 days of class.

“By reminding employees about the first day of school, companies can make a significant difference in attendance rates,” said Tina Wirth, director of Workforce Development for the JAX Chamber. “Enabling parents to adjust their work schedules may also help ensure children are in class the first day and ready to start the school year.”

Here are the public school start dates by county:

  •  Wednesday, Aug. 8: Nassau County
  •  Tuesday, Aug. 14: Clay County
  •  Thursday, Aug. 16: Flagler County
  •  Monday, Aug. 20: Duval, St. Johns and Baker counties
  •  Wednesday, Aug. 22: Putnam County

Let’s all do our part to help the region be at the top of the class!

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