Reducing chronic absence takes an entire community, so community schools initiatives have a special role to play. Chronic absence is an excellent tool for community schools efforts because it is an easy to understand measure that encourages collaboration between educators and community partners. Community schools can call for chronic absence data and use it to understand which students, families and schools need help the most. And they can use the data point as an indicator that helps partners see how their collective efforts makes a difference.
This assessment sheet can help you examine the extent to your community schools effort is addressing chronic absence and where it could be strengthened.