Spring Attendance Slump
In the weeks before and after a school’s spring break, drops in attendance are common. The shift to warmer temperatures, thoughts of days with no school, and increases in asthma, allergies or other health problems can make attendance plummet. Several other factors, including impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic or poor conditions for learning, impact attendance and often hit low-income communities harder than better resourced districts.
If you have seen that absences are high in the weeks or days before the spring break, plan something. Consider asking students what kind of activity or incentive will encourage them to think, “I’m not going to miss school that day!” Most activities can be done in person or adapted for remote learning.
No matter what you decide to do, reflect on how your school community is weathering the pandemic. Take into account the energy level of school staff. Many are exhausted and cannot do one more thing. This is a great moment for community partners to pitch in.
If families have experienced job loss, illness or death during the past year, organize an activity to address these needs. Consider organizing a friendly food bank donation competition, or provide free fruit in classrooms. These activities tell families that the school staff care, and will help build relationships that encourage attendance and participation.
Find the Sprinting through Spring calendar of sample daily spirit activities that can be adapted for any month.
Download social media materials to spread the word about the Spring Attendance Dip!
Updated March 2021