ABC's for Families

Mental Health
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Coping with typical stressors of life


Did you know?

  • Chronic absenteeism means missing 10% or more of school days in a year.
  • Students who are chronically absent are less likely to succeed academically and more likely to drop out of school.

Missing 2 days of school per month... one school year = 120 hours per year
...thru 2nd grade = 360 hours per year
...thru 5th grade = 720 hours per year
...thru 8th grade = 1,080 hours per year

  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduation.
  • 9th grade attendance is a better predictor of school dropout than 8th grade test scores.


  • Self awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) allows individuals a new way to think about behavior. In Lee County, our schools use PBS in an attempt to understand why problem behaviors occur and what the function of these behaviors may be. PBS is designed to increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behaviors, and establish positive school cultures through the use of evidence-based strategies and interventions (Florida's PBS Project, USF). This approach is used at all levels; school-wide, specific educational settings, classrooms, and even with individual students.

Classroom Success

  • I can be on time and attend school every day.
  • I can manage my emotions and know how they impact my family and friends.
  • I can make good decisions.
  • I can make and keep good grades.
  • I can be college, career and life ready!

Me, Class of ____

Dropout Prevention

As a graduate, I can earn $9,000 more each year. I can add a $500,000 value to the community. I can have stronger relationships and influence on others. I can have lower health care cost. I can live longer (6 to 9 years)

Our graduates have the knowledge, ability, and commitment to be personally responsible, academically excellent and socially responsive.