Community and Faith-Based Organizations are well-positioned to help schools reduce chronic absence by addressing common barriers to attendance, such as unreliable transportation, unstable housing and poor health. They can also educate families about the value of good attendance.

If you’re trying to engage community volunteers, use this Making the Case handout.

If you’re trying to engage faith leaders, use this Making the Case handout.

Strategies for Attendance Awareness Month include:

1. Sponsor a back-to-school, door-knocking campaign before school starts to encourage good attendance

2. Sponsor a parent summit with child-serving agencies and community-based groups who can help overcome barriers to school attendance

3. Convene a meeting or join a coalition that is taking a community-wide approach to reducing chronic absence.

4. Provide and train volunteers to serve as mentors for chronically absent students

5. Launch a Walking School Bus to create a safer walking path to school.


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