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How an Elementary School Principal Slashed Chronic Absenteeism 05/24/2023

Here is a school that dramatically reduced chronic absenteeism by having a plan that involved the entire school and stuck to it. Great Work!

How an Elementary School Principal Slashed Chronic Absenteeism Targeted parent communications, early interventions, teacher check-ins, and out-of-school supports all played a role.

02/26/2023

Recent study shows that universal free breakfast for Kindergartners saw 1.8 additional days of attendance from Kindergartners. Researchers did not see weight gain either. Let's continue to support school breakfasts and lunch!

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To fight absenteeism, this school sorted its students into Hogwarts Houses 07/04/2022

Fun idea to address chronic absenteeism, this public elementary school sorted the students into Hogwarts Houses to compete for best attendance, acts of kindness and more.

https://www.journalinquirer.com/connecticut_and_region/to-fight-absenteeism-this-school-sorted-its-students-into-hogwarts-houses/article_ccc830b2-ee64-11ec-a609-c394ef7e9370.html

To fight absenteeism, this school sorted its students into Hogwarts Houses All the classes at Smith Elementary School in New Britain were sorted into the four houses of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the kids competed this

As Absenteeism Skyrockets, Schools Get Creative About Luring Back Lost Students 05/12/2022

Really interesting story about an urban high school and the student black market for snacks. Students who were making brownies or bring in extra chip bags to sell were more engaged in school and coming more regularly. Attending school was a way to make money.

https://www.the74million.org/article/as-absenteeism-skyrockets-schools-get-creative-about-luring-back-lost-students/

As Absenteeism Skyrockets, Schools Get Creative About Luring Back Lost Students BUENA PARK, Calif. — Sliding off their backpacks as they come through the front door of the local Boys and Girls Club, a group of students grab pool cues. Outside, children laugh as they bat around a beach ball on the lawn.  But the upbeat mood belies the more serious reason that brings many of [...

Analysis: School Repairs? New Instructional Materials? How Districts With Different Poverty Levels Are Spending COVID Relief Funds 03/03/2022

Interesting article about how different levels of poverty in school districts used COVID relief money. HVAC systems are a top priority in low-income school districts which have probably put such things on the back burner. With extra cash they finally were able to fix it.

https://www.the74million.org/article/analysis-school-repairs-new-instructional-materials-how-districts-with-different-poverty-levels-are-spending-covid-relief-funds/

Analysis: School Repairs? New Instructional Materials? How Districts With Different Poverty Levels Are Spending COVID Relief Funds For decades, many school districts with the largest share of students living in poverty have endured crumbling buildings, outdated textbooks and little support for students and teachers. Now, the infusion of billions in federal COVID relief aid for schools over the next few years could change that r...

02/08/2022

Here is a super valuable toolkit to use text messages to address chronic absenteeism in school with a step by step guide, how to log info in your SIS, sample text messages and lots more.

https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/2022001/pdf/2022001.pdf

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