Health Care Providers
Given the role that illness plays in contributing to school absences, health providers and school nurses have an important role in ensuring students do not miss school unnecessarily because of chronic illness or lack of access to health care. Read this handout to learn why health care providers should care about attendance and what they can do.
The National Collaborative on Education and Health has created these summaries of research connecting health and chronic absence:
These fliers help parents decide when their children are too sick for school.
School Nurses: The National School Nurses Association created this handout explaining the role they play in addressing chronic absence
California School Health Centers Association produced , Connecting Students to Mental Health Services: Creative Collaborations, Funding, and Evidence-Based Practices, a toolkit that includes a section on how to identify and intervene with chronically absent students.
Children’s Health Fund created, What Can I Do to Improve My Students’ Attendance?, a toolkit for educators with attendance team guidelines and workshop materials.
The Healthy Schools Campaign created Addressing the Health-Related Causes of Chronic Absenteeism: A Toolkit for Action, with includes strategies for developing community and public health partners.
These tools present general information about the relationship between poor health and chronic absence.
Specific Health Issues
Here are some in depth resources for addressing specific health issues that present barriers to attendance.