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Westchester County students in grades 6 to 12 who meet the criteria for the 2018-19 school year can apply to win a 2019 season pass to Playland. Learn more about this year's program.  June 20, 2019 is the extended deadline for submitting both the registration and the completed official school form.

Westchester County Youth Bureau
The Youth Bureau is committed to ensuring equity and access to formal and informal opportunities for the county's children, youth and families.  Learn more about the Youth Bureau and it's Executive Director.

The Youth Bureau's focus on Chronic Absenteeism

“Chronic absenteeism”, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days enrolled (at least 18 days out of 180 days of the school year), has been shown to be harmful to students’ academic success. Chronic absenteeism is being monitored for all school districts in New York State in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is viewed as a critical accountability indicator of school success.

Students may miss school days for reasons such as health, family or social issues, or economic factors. It's critical that students, families, schools and community services work together to reduce school absences and increase attendance to help students stay on the path to academic success. Watch this short video on the importance of reducing chronic absenteeism.

 More information about chronic absenteeism can be found on attendaceworks.org and everystudentpresent.org.

Texting while driving is dangerous -- and, it's against the law. New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. Experienced and new drivers alike need to keep both hands on the wheel when driving.

Try your hand at the "Gauging Your Distraction" game as featured in a series of articles, Driven to Distraction, in the Technology Section of the New York Times Web site. This game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. Regardless of your results, bottom line is that you should not text when driving.

 

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