Chronic Absence is a combination of factors that include school, family, and community. Improving student attendance is essential for ensuring our students are on track to learn and succeed.
While addressing some attendance barriers, such a health, poor transportation, and unstable housing, can require long term strategies. Through positive messaging, everyone can make a difference by helping students and families understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever possible is critical to realizing success in school and in life
In conjunction, with the Attendance Letter Tool in ENCORE, there is a Student Services Attendance Tools folder in Office 365/One Drive that provides numerous resources and strategies for both parents and schools that assist in addressing barriers to attendance. There are also educational materials, and power point presentations for use with faculty, parents, and the community on the importance of attendance, along with research briefs containing important information on best practice and data on attendance outcomes.
For detailed instructions on how to access these tools please see the tutorial below:
Attendance Works resources – Kick off the new year with a focus on attendance!
There are countless resources and tools on the AW website. Here are some selected resource that your school teams may find particularly useful, for all grade levels (many in Spanish as well).
- Attendance Awareness Month site and resources – September 2018
- Attendance awareness promotions: Banners, online badges, printable posters, and parent handouts
- Elementary parent handout (cute infographic): Too sick for school?
- Attendance incentive guidance/ideas
- Toolkit: Teaching Attendance
- Toolkit: Engaging Parents in Preventing Chronic Absence
- Toolkit: Leveraging Parent-Teacher Conferences to engage families in attendance improvement
- Student Attendance Success Plan templates
- Toolkit: Relationships Matter: Launching an Elementary Success Mentor Initiative
- Toolkit: LAUSD attendance campaign guide for schools
Other articles and helpful tools:
9 Things Schools can do to Improve Attendance (ESchool News ARTICLE)
The reality is an absence is an absence, excused or not, and that child is not in that classroom benefiting from the instruction on that day. We have to work in our community, with our schools and our families to build a culture of attendance.
Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation