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October Count

Overview

Each year, all public school districts and facilities across the state of Colorado participate in the student October Count. October Count is the official student membership count for all Colorado public school districts mandated by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). During the October Count Window, which is an 11-day time period, schools report daily to the CDE on the number of students that are actively enrolled and in attendance.

The purpose of this data collection is to obtain required student-level data as provided for by state statute, including information regarding students’ funding eligibility as outlined in the Public School Finance Act of 1994, as amended (22-54-101, C.R.S.). The CDE uses this information to allocate funding for school districts based on the reported number of students in attendance during the October Count Window.

This funding helps ensure that our students have access to full-time teachers, special enrichment classes and programs, free and reduced-price school meals, counselors, physical and mental health services, and safety and security in our buildings. It also helps our district make decisions about facility enhancements and upgrades.

School Attendance Matters

It important that every student attends school every day. Daily attendance is critical to student success at all grade levels.

Research shows that students who are chronically absent are not only missing out on school days and opportunities to learn, but they are at the greatest risk of falling behind. Chronic absenteeism is generally defined as missing 10% of school or more. The impact of absences on achievement carries forward year after year.

Chronic absenteeism has been linked to reduced student achievement, social disengagement, and feelings of alienation. Over the long term, it is correlated to increased rates of high school dropout, adverse health outcomes and poverty in adulthood, and an increased likelihood of interacting with the criminal justice system.

How You Can Support

Parents and guardians can ensure that their children attend school daily. If your child will not be in attendance, contact your child’s school to let them know. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school.