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Category: Protective & Risk Factors Absenteeism
“How will we know who we need to apply some extra resources to reach and connect with? Our kids are everywhere.”
Kids knocking over class furniture, hitting others and physically harming self and others – all symptoms of trauma
One Ohio District’s experiences of dealing with student trauma in Early Childhood Education demonstrates how early identification, early intervention and multi-agency treatment programs can work. “Evidence suggests it works: children’s trauma symptoms, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are on average reduced by 30 to 50 percent over one school year.”
Students far more likely to seek mental health treatment at school if at all, US report says, putting schools in underfunded situation
One of the underlying causes of chronic student absenteeism is a mental health crisis. Recent research makes primary recommendations for early warning systems in schools and reintegration plans after prolonged absences.
Every adult in school plays a role in teaching about attendance. Raising awareness that every school day matters is part of everyone’s task at school. AttendanceWorks has a great resource to infuse attendance into daily instruction.
Positive student relationships with teachers as caring adults improves attendance….even when you don’t “love” every student
Building connections with kids needs to be intentional, takes practice and takes relational skills. It’s not an automatic that you’ll connect with every student. Here are some great suggestions coming from experience in the classroom.
Small wonder, then, that absenteeism becomes a concern if students don’t want to be at school. A caring adult connected to a student can determine what the causes of negativity are and become an attendance protective factor.
Elementary school factors like chronic absenteeism in Grade 4 or any elementary school suspensions predict pathway to Post Secondary Education, study says
Students suspended in elementary school even once, students in self-contained special education programs and or students who miss more than 10% of school in Grade 4 do not go on to Post Secondary Education.
Caring adult connections to kids build a sense of belonging and social emotional learning through the increasingly stressful teen years so that no one falls through the cracks or becomes chronically absent. See article below. “More holistically, though, social and emotional learning shouldn’t be seen as an add-on in high school, or be equated with …