GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Wednesday, October 3rd is an important day for state school funding. It's Count Day. 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.

LEA and ISD state aid is based on the number of students legally enrolled on or before count day.

Pupils must be in attendance and receive instruction in all classes on the count day. If a student is not in attendance, they may be counted if:

  • The student has an excused absence and attends within 30 calendar days following count day.
  • The student has an unexcused absence and attends within 10 school days following count day.
  • The student is suspended and attends within 45 calendar days following count day.

Fall counts occur on the 1st Wednesday in October and represent 90-percent of state funding.

Spring counts occur on the 2nd Wednesday in February and represent 10-percent of state funding.

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