Schools

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Schools and communities are working together to promote regular attendance and reduce chronic absence. You can:

  • Ensure teachers take roll regularly so students know someone cares when they miss school.
  • Ensure all classrooms are nurturing and engaging so children want to come to school every day.
  • Invest in accurate collection and entry of attendance data into student data systems.
  • Calculate and analyze chronic absence and good attendance to discern patterns for students and schools.
  • Partner with families and community groups to to develop and address attendance challenges affecting large numbers of students (e.g. unreliable transportation, lack of access to health care, unstable and unaffordable housing).
  • Educate parents and children about the importance of attendance starting in the early years.
  • Develop and implement a school-wide system of incentives and rewards for good attendance
  • Reach out to frequently absent students to find out in a supportive manner why they are missing school and what would help them attend more regularly.
  • Invest in professional development to help teachers and administrators understand chronic absence.

Click here for an article from Principal magazine outlining what administrators can do to address chronic absence