- Assessing your assets to determine who can help improve with outreach
- PEOPLE PowerPoint for bringing partners and volunteers on board
- PBIS Technical Assistance Center, established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Personalized welcome-to-school call or home visit from teachers to students and families with a history of chronic absence or within a subpopulation that has high absenteeism rates.
- Phone scripts for principals
- Phone scripts for Teachers
- Key messages to share
- Handouts for parents
- Tips for outreach before school starts
- Parent engagement toolkit
Mentoring Quality mentoring, especially as part of a school-wide effort, can be a strategy to improve attendance. Research shows that students who meet regularly with a mentor at school have improved academic achievement and attendance.
- Attendance Works developed Relationships Matter: A Toolkit for Launching an Elementary Success Mentors Initiative
- MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States.
Attendance buddies for students with a history of chronic absence. These buddies—school staff, older students or community volunteers—can check in with students daily, call home for each absence and refer students and families to needed resources.
- Attendance Buddy Planning tool
- Attendance Buddy recruitment letter
- Attendance Buddy responsibilities
- Sample confidentiality forms for community-based organizations
Out of school time activities targeted to students with a history of chronic absence. Research shows engaging before and after school programs can improve school-day attendance.
- Making the case to providers
- Research on attendance and afterschool programs
- Tools for out of school time providers
Community walk-to-school programs or buddies for students living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of chronic absence, high levels of community violence, family members who have difficulty managing the walk, or dangerous traffic patterns.
Health support inside or outside of school for students and families with medical, dental or mental health challenges.
- Making the case to health providers
- Asthma health resource guide
- Dental health resource guide
- Social-emotional development resource guide
- Health flyer for parents
Connection to social services and case management for students who missed more than 20% (2 months) of school in the prior year and show signs of continued challenges.
- Baltimore case study: A partnership with the Department of Social Services
- Check & Connect: A proven approach to dropout prevention
- Chula Vista case study: An attendance review team
For more information, see the full toolkit: The Power of Positive Connections.