Spring Attendance Slump
In the weeks before and after a school’s spring break, drops in attendance are common. If your student attendance data shows a spring slump, plan something to counter that trend.
Communicate the importance of showing up to school. Share guidance to prevent unnecessary health related absences. For example, remind students and families/caregivers that allergies are not a reason to stay home from school, and share how the school is prepared to help students with chronic illnesses like asthma. Partner with students and families to plan fun and engaging activities that encourage them to think, “I’m not going to miss school that day.”
If families are experiencing economic challenges, organize an activity to help address these needs. For example, consider organizing a grocery distribution event at your school in partnership with a local food bank on the last day before break, 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.
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.
Download social media materials to spread the word about the Spring Attendance Dip!
Updated March 2023