Welcome to Attendance Awareness Month!
CISofHR is proud to stand with Attendance Works for Attendance Awareness Month.
Attendance Works is a non-profit that works to promotes equal opportunities to learn and advance student success by inspiring and catalyzing policies and practices that prevent and reduce chronic absence.
The likelihood that students will attend school is higher when they have a sense of security, know someone cares about them, and have engaging lessons.
According to the Office of Civil Rights, during the 2013-2014 school year more than 6.8 million students in the U.S. were chronically absent (missing 15 or more days of the school year). This equates to about 14% – or 1 in 7 – of all students (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). Despite some progress in recent years, millions of students still face barriers to regular school attendance.
Attendance Works provides administrators, educators, and staff with a variety of resources to ensure every student feels welcomed and engaged and that daily attendance is prioritized. Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning. Too many absences not only can affect achievement for the absent student but also can disrupt learning for the entire class. One of the key ways that CISofHR help students stay in school and graduate is by ensuring that students are consistently in the classroom.
CISofHR site coordinators have employed strategies such as:
1. Awarding simple incentives
2. Targeted and personalized interventions
3. Addressing the root causes of absenteeism
Students who work with CIS site coordinators are taught many of these strategies and others to help them improve their attendance. Site coordinators, for example, provide coaching and goal setting to individual students to address the root causes of absenteeism; telephone calls are made to students and parents; and conferences are held with individual students to find out why they are absent.
Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads will continue to support schools as they work to collect data on chronic absenteeism. CISofHR will continue to help incorporate programs and practices to alleviate it.