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Addressing Absenteeism

Research, current articles and relevant publications on chronic absenteeism can be found here.

Make every day of attendance count at school or in remote learning.

Absenteeism and Restorative Practices

Restorative Teaching resource – This activity is designed to help participants understand the unmet needs that are at the root of challenging behaviors. It uses the visual of an iceberg. What we can see (what is above water) is a person’s behavior. At the waterline (where we can sometimes see them and sometimes cannot), are the …

Indicators and Predictors of Absenteeism

Predicting absenteeism as early as primary school supported by research below.

Attendance policies

How to Write a School Attendance Policy That Improves Attendance clearly defines terms related to attendance along with a clear process. It may not be what your board needs but you get the idea. Whatever the terms of any policy and process, they need to be clear. California School Boards Association (CSBA) has a sample …

Absenteeism – Forms and Handouts

When setting up a school attendance team whether it’s emerging, developing or proficient, this is a helpful Team Self Assessment from Attendance Works. Attendance Works has put together a District Self Assessment Tool in order to address 5 key ingredients: actionable data, positive engagement, capacity building, shared accountability and strategic partnerships. Check & Connect set …

Attendance Protective and Risk Factors

Check & Connect set up a terrific list of Alterable Risk and Protective Factors associated with school dropout. Many of these apply directly to chronic absenteeism as well.

Attendance Reports from Provinces and States

“A place where it feels like home: the story of Tina Fontaine” The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth writes “ Tina Fontaine might always be known for the tragic way in which she died, but it is her life that is an important story worth knowing. It was on August 17, 2014, when most …

Engaging Parents as Partners

A potentially easy solution to reducing chronic absenteeism – write a letter in simple language to parents about number of days misses. “Modified truancy notifications that used simplified language, emphasized parental efficacy, and highlighted the negative incremental effects of missing school reduced absences by 0.07 days compared to the standard, legalistic, and punitively-worded notification—an estimated …

Helpful strategies to address chronic absenteeism in Tiers 1,2 & 3

Addressing chronic absenteeism resource below uses helpful strategies for Tier 1, 2, & 3. Check out Tier 1 strategy on p. 20 on Restorative Discipline and Tier 2 strategies on p. 21 “Early Warning Systems” and on p. 23 “Mentors” Read full resource A guide to using “Attendance Playbook: Smart Strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism …