Local superintendents are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to reduce chronic absence from preschool through high school and ensure attention to attendance is integrated into a district’s overall approach to engagement and learning.
Addressing chronic absence is a key tool for responding strategically to the instructional loss experienced by millions of students during the pandemic. When classes begin for the 2021-22 school year, most students will have been away from a school setting and a regular school routine for many months. Many students and families continue to be affected by the health and economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Monitoring and supporting attendance during the transition back to school this fall will be critical for Covid-19 recovery and addressing educational inequity.
As a Superintendent you can:
Consider using or adapting these media tools to help spread the word about your district’s involvement. Use this as an opportunity to build awareness about reducing chronic absence and invite key stakeholders to join local efforts to improve school attendance, starting in the early grades.