Thursday, October 1 is the official "pupil count date" for Colorado's public schools - the day school districts report how many students are in attendance for funding purposes.
"If a student is in attendance for all or any part of the count day and assuming other requirements are met, they are eligible to be funded," according to the Colorado Department of Education.
However, if a student is absent, that doesn't mean the district automatically loses funding for that student. It just means more paperwork for the school and the district.
- If a pupil is absent on 10/1, additional attendance records are required to establish attendance prior to the official count date in the current school year and after the count date.
- The pupil must resume attendance within 30 calendar days of Oct. 1 in order to be counted.
- Records must also verify each student is scheduled for at least 90 hours of pupil-teacher contact in the semester of the official count day.
Learn more on the Colorado Department of Education website.