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
- Attendance Tools/Resources
- Attendance Letters
- Attendance Flow Chart
- Truancy Referral Form/Contract
- Juvenile Court Truancy Mediation Request Form
- Brief Community Intervention
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)
- Reducing chronic absenteeism w/school climate and SEL
- Webinar: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
- National center of safe supportive learning environments
- Effective social and emotional learning programs
- Reducing suspensions is not enough
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
*Before making a referral for truancy mediation please do a ccp with Brad Christensen in Student and Family Resources.
How to make the request:
- After contacting the parent(s) or guardian(s) to discuss the need for mediation and explore three available dates/ times for mediation.
- The school will send a truancy mediation information sheet to parent(s) or guardian(s).
- The school will then fill out a google referral form request form requesting mediation. The google form can be found here
Juvenile court truancy Mediation Request Form
Or at this link
- The google sheet will ask for the following information
- School administrator or contact person with email address and phone number
- The school and school district where the youth attends school and county of residence.
- Name, date of birth, and grade level of student
- Parent(s)/Guardian(s) name and home address
- Three possible dates/times parent, student, and school administrator are available for mediation
- The local mediation coordinator will arrange for mediator and notify the school of the mediator's name and phone number.
- The school will confirm the time of the mediation with the parent(s) or guardian(s)