For more detailed information, guides, and handouts, see our Tools for School Districts.

School District leaders are in an especially good position to advance work on attendance and chronic absence. In your school district you can provide:

  • Leadership: Set attendance goals and district policy.
  • Data: Ensure attendance data is accurately entered and reports are produced, widely available, and regularly reviewed.
  • Attendance Incentives: Promote effective school wide approaches to recognizing good and improved attendance.
  • Parent Education & Mutual Support: Engage parents in their children’s academic success.
  • Individual and Programmatic Intervention: Use both individual intervention and systemic problem solving.
  • Community Partnerships: Help schools identify and forge partnerships with community agencies.
  • Peer Learning & Professional Development: Create opportunities for school staff to learn about the importance of attendance and share effective strategies for improving student attendance.