Count days are designated days when Michigan's schools take attendance to determine the number of students they serve. A blend of the attendance numbers will determine the school district's budget. For every student that can be accounted for on these specific dates, funds are allotted for that school.
Count days are required under the State School Aid Act. On two days of the year, public schools tally up the students attending school that day. Those numbers are then submitted to the state.
Ninety percent of that per-student money is accounted for from the October count. Ten percent of it is accounted for by the February count.