ENGAGE TEENS IN TRACKING THEIR ATTENDANCE
Among middle and high school students, it is important to empower students to develop their own strategies for getting to school and to monitor when absences add up.
OUTREACH TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS
In middle and high school, it’s important to target messages toward students as well as parents. Schools can engage students with incentives, contests and strong messaging. Sports stars can be particularly powerful messengers
- Talking points for students and parents
- Attendance rap video
- Every Day Matters video
- Tips for developing incentives
- Tips for leveraging sports stars
- Attendance banners and posters
- Tips for contests
- Examples of student posters
- Sample student survey
Use these Attendance Works materials for outreach to parents:
- Middle/high school flyer
- Middle/high school flyer in Spanish
- Middle/high school flyer (2 page with policy tips)
- Middle/high school flyer in Spanish (2 page with policy tips)
Use these research-based handouts developed by the University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research
- What Matters: Parent Handout
- What Matters: Parent Handout (Spanish)
- What Matters: Student Handout
- What Matters: Teacher Handout
BULLYING AND ATTENDANCE
A quarter of U.S. middle and high school students report that they are bullied at school, and about 15 percent of tho bullied student miss school because of it. See this handout from the Centers for Disease Control.
Get Schooled makes attendance a priority by providing celebrity wake up calls for students, attendance competitions among schools, and other resources.
- Students can register on the site and win points and prizes.
- Parents can use their attendance calculator to see the impact their child’s absences has on their education.
- Teachers and principals can set up an educator’s account to take advantage of tools and resources.
- Skipping to Nowhere report
Mentoring has proven an effective strategy for improving attendance among teens who are chronically absent or at risk of becoming so. Different models use school staff, peers or National Service workers.
- Check & Connect assigns trained mentors to at-risk students to improve engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades.
- City Year uses AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Attendance is a key focus.
- Peer Group Connection; The Center for Supportive Schools uses a peer learning model to ensure a better transition from middle to high school.
- RAMP: The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program uses group, peer, and individual mentoring to build on existing career development efforts by schools and employers.
In 2012, the Boost Up dropout prevention campaign, sponsored by the Ad Council and U.S. Army, released public service announcements targeting middle school chronic absenteeism by alerting parents to the direct impact of school absences on academic achievement and high school graduation. Boost Up provided an array of resources that communicate this message.