Attendance Awareness Campaign Update
A project led by Attendance Works
June 27, 2019
Driving with Data!
Attendance Tools

The early summer is an ideal time to examine chronic absence data from the past school year. If you are working at the school level, use your data from the past year to fill out our attendance pyramid worksheet to assess what level of support is likely to be needed for students who are missing too many days.

District staff can review data to see whether schools, classrooms or particular student groups have made gains in attendance from prior years. These bright spots could be using promising practices that can be shared. Has chronic absence gotten worse? Then use this time to identify the major attendance challenges need to be addressed next year.

Chronic absence data may already be available at the district level. If your district hasn't already created robust chronic absence reports, you can access our free data tools here.

Are you operating at the state or regional level?  Use chronic absence data to inform your plans for offering technical assistance, additional resources and support.

Engage the Community
Looking for a way to include your community in taking action to reduce chronic absence? Partners who can support the work include educators, local officials, public agencies, health providers, businesses, the media and others. Download our list of Who Can Help.

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In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania tackled student chronic absence using three steps which required using data:  1) identify the problem, 2) keep track of progress, and 3) provide support and identify
best practices. The UWSWPA's Be There campaign taps schools, nonprofits, and local public agencies to use positive reinforcement to encourage students to come to school. Be There includes a Buddy Project, which pairs chronically absent students with caring school staff to help cultivate positive relationships. Read the blog post from Data Quality Campaign to learn more.
We Belong in School!

A new blog post from Edutopia offers key elements for creating a positive school climate that can motivate students to attend school. In "A Two-Step Process for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism", Maurice J. Elias encourages schools to continue the work of making students feel welcome at school once kids are identified as having frequent absences. Read the post.
Policy Report

Healthy Schools Campaign partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center to host a dialogue with national leaders highlighting links between education and health.
Their conclusion? Healthy students miss fewer days and are better able to concentrate in class. Read HSC's post that summar
izes the event and watch the video of the talk with John B. King, The Education Trust; Senator Bill Frist, M.D, Former Senate Majority Leader; and Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Find it here .


Attendance Works will be speaking during Institute for Educational Leadership's annual National Family & Community Engagement Conference July 11-13. Join over 1,000 attendees for three days of learning, networking and inspiration. See you there! Learn more and register here.

Join us on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT for our next We Belong in School! webinar.  During "Open Doors: Create a Healthy School Climate" our guest speakers will discuss strategies for creating a healthy school climate for all grade levels. Register now!

Save the Date! The final webinar on September 10 will look at how poor attendance can be addressed through improving Conditions for Learning.

ICYMI, the recording link for our webinars, Nurture Dreams: Ensure Students Feel Safe, Supported, Connected and Engaged, and our first webinar, Lay a Foundation: Engage Families to Address Chronic Absence in the Early Years, are on our website! Find the speaker presentation slides and a discussion guide. Plan a get together with colleagues to watch! Find it here
New Partners!

This week we welcome our new AAC collaborating partners:  SchoolHouse Connection and United Way of Central New Mexico  

Corporate Attendance Partners

A special thanks to our Attendance Awareness Campaign corporate sponsors for their commitment to help ensure that every child is in school every day. Their investment makes it possible for us to provide you with free strategies and materials:    

Attendance in the News

Spread the Word!

Under #ESSA the vast majority of states (36 plus D.C.) adopted a chronic absence school accountability metric in their state plans. How can schools reduce chronic absence? Find out:

ESSA requires all states to report on #chronicabsence. What can we do with this data to help every student be in #SchoolEveryDay? Find out:
Campaign Convening Partners
See the full list of Attendance Awareness Campaign partners here.
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