Attendance is one of the main predictors of success in school, for obvious reasons. While we can’t control all the factors related to whether children come to school on time, there are many effective interventions for improving school attendance.
- Most schools post their attendance policies on their website, so if you are looking for fresh ideas, this is a great place to start.
- While much of attendance policy is dictated by state law, there are elements (such as incentives) that can be tailored to your community to make school attendance part of the culture.
- Q: I was told about a student from another high school where they say the state has a policy that if you miss more than 40 days excused/unexcused/doctors notes/funeral/etc. you cannot graduate. Can someone lead me to the policy?
- A: There is no state requirement. From Robin LeClaire, Director of School Improvement, IDOE (May 2019)
- From Counselor Talk, November 2018:
- Patrick Clark recommended looking up our data at our school correlating GPA to attendance rate. They did and found the higher the GPA, the lower the days absent. (I ran ours and it came out the same.)
- Trudi Wolfe suggested this website that has a great deal of resources no matter the grade level: www.attendanceworks.org
- Effective attendance policies must include a component of engaging parental cooperation.
- How do you convince parents of the importance?Patrick Clark recommended looking up our data at our school correlating GPA to attendance rate. They did and found the higher the GPA, the lower the days absent. (I ran ours and it came out the same.)Trudi Wolfe suggested this website that has a great deal of resources no matter the grade level: www.attendanceworks.org
- Before developing an intervention to improve attendance, it is important to identify the underlying causes of the problem for your specific population.
- From Counselor Talk, January 2018:
- Responses that I received about my question regarding our school policy which allows parents to decide whether or not to send their child to school when it is cold or there is inclement weather. I heard from 5 schools that confirmed that they have the same policy, only two of which said that it was considered an unexcused absence. Only two counselors replied to tell me that they did not have this policy.
- Counselortalk ideas-attendance
- Hauser Jr.-Sr. High attendance policy-Hauser Jr
- Many of you are seeking information to assist chronically absent students. I am collaborating with our attendance officer to try a new intervention at La Porte High School.1) The attendance officer identified and created a list of our chronically absent students.2) Tomorrow we are going to meet with the students in small groups.3) The attendance office will discuss and answer questions about our new attendance policy.4) After her discussion, I am going to discuss reasons why students miss schools, troubleshoot obstaclesfor good attendance, provide resources, etc. (Note: I am a former English teacher and now deal specifically with drug addiction, grief, suicide prevention, and well-being issues).5) Students will sign the attached contract. Refer to attachment.6) If students are having problem areas, they may meet individually with me, school counselor, administrator, community resources etc.7) The attendance officer and I will follow up with students-as needed-in a group or individually.
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–Christine G. Rosenbaum Attendance Contract with Attendance and SSS
- Counselortalk Wisdom August 2017
- Addressing chronic tardiness 2017
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