Today is the ever-important 'Count Day,' by which districts' state funding is decided based on how many students are in class. Count Day and school funding is mandated through the State School Aid Act; calculations are based on a blend of fall and winter data in the same calendar year, not the school year.

Today's Count Day represents 90% of state funding to the district, where the winter count day, which occurs on the second Wednesday each February, represents 10% of state funding.

Parents are urged to make certain children are in school today for the full day. The Michigan Department of Education says "Pupils must be in attendance and received instruction in all classes on the count day."