Count Day is Wednesday in Brighton and all Michigan public schools.
Count Day is when all public schools in Michigan tally the number of students attending their schools. Count information is critical to districts, because each student translates into state funding.
Superintendent Greg Gray's addresses the importance of Count Day for Brighton Schools in his weekly Friday letter.
"This is a very important day for our school system as 90 percent of our funding comes from the documented attendance on this day," he wrote. "Please be sure to make every effort to have your children attend on this very important day. However, if they do not feel well or have to be absent we still have 30 days to count them if we have documentation for their absence on this day."Pupils must be in attendance and receive instruction in all classes to be counted, according to the Michigan Department of Education. For students not in attendance, they may be counted for:
- 30 calendar days for excused absence following count day.
- 10 school days for unexcused absence following count day.
- 45 days for suspended students following count day.