Given the local influence on education in the United States, local policy is key to shaping what happens on the ground in school and communities. Regardless of state or federal requirements, school districts have the authority to see that chronic absence data are tracked, reported and addressed.
Local school district leadership plays a key role. School districts and their community partners, especially city and county officials, can make school attendance an explicit priority and decide to use chronic absence data to trigger interventions and inform the allocation of community resources that could reduce barriers to attendance.
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Find resources for School District Administrators
The Attendance Awareness Month convening partners call on Superintendents across the country to raise their voices and lead the effort to improve attendance starting in the early grades in your community.
See why Chronic Absence Matters Case Statement for Mayors and City Leaders
The George W. Bush Institute's State of Our Cities Spotlight on Chronic Absenteeism provides data, analysis, and case studies for city leaders, the public, and policymakers on the educational performance of over 100 cities across the country. The spotlight covers chronic absence awareness, data policy and interventions.
In 2012, The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted a resolution urging mayors to raise awareness of the pernicious effects of chronic absenteeism on student achievement and engage the community to help parents get children to school regularly.