Guide to Using the Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Student Absenteeism Post-Pandemic


The Guide to Using the Attendance Playbook, by Attendance Works, is a companion to the updated Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Student Absenteeism Post-Pandemic.

The Guide to Using the Attendance Playbook will assist educators and their teams in thinking through key questions in selecting, prioritizing, and implementing strategies included in the playbook.

Today, many students and families face even greater challenges to education and may need a higher level of support. It’s critical that approaches be adapted to what we know is working.

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The guide helps educators target supports to groups of students who need additional help to overcome barriers to attendance and engagement. It offers general ideas and tools, as well as charts and checklists, to determine what interventions to try with students and their families. The seven steps will guide the development of a plan for decisions, implementation, and reassessment once your strategies are in place.

The updated Attendance Playbook was developed by FutureEd in partnership with Attendance Works. The Attendance Playbook has been expanded to include more than two dozen strategies to address student chronic absence.

The playbook divides strategies into the three tiers of intervention. Each description identifies the problem the intervention solves and highlights schools or districts that have used the strategy successfully.

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