“Lenovo plays a huge role in helping us to keep our students engaged in their education, and we probably wouldn’t have been able to sustain such strong attendance before and after the pandemic without the Lenovo devices. Our students really enjoy using their new laptops. The opportunity to win a prize from a draw sponsored by Lenovo if they keep up attendance incentivizes excellent participation and engagement.”

Ascellia Arenas

Coordinator Student Attendance, Broward County Public Schools

Raising student attendance with engaging experiences

With 240 schools, 256,000 students, and more than 110,000 adult learners, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the second-largest school district in the state of Florida. BCPS educates students from diverse backgrounds, with 170 countries and 147 languages currently represented in the organization’s student body.

BCPS is committed to providing the best opportunities for its students, and encouraging excellent attendance is one of the ways that the organization achieves this. However, chronic absenteeism is a growing challenge for schools. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, 1 in 6 students missed three weeks of school or more between 2015-16—a figure that is expected to have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before COVID-19, BCPS achieved a 98% attendance rate, and this impressive score only dropped slightly during the pandemic. While already ahead of other school districts on attendance, BCPS never rests on its laurels. In fact, it recently launched an initiative aimed to get attendance back to its pre-pandemic highs.

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