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New toolkit outlines strategies for improving school attendance


Chronic absence can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. America’s Promise has joined a partnership working to recognize September as Attendance Awareness Month, and this week helped release a toolkit to help schools and communities start planning for September’s activities.

The Count Us In! toolkit offers talking points on a variety of topics including:

  • the importance of good attendance
  • template proclamations
  • template press releases
  • ideas for engaging students and parents
  • advice for tracking data to identify and intervene with chronically absent kids

It details how everyone in the community—parents, faith leaders, housing authority workers, businesses, afterschool programs, mayors and, of course, educators—can get involved.

One of the Attendance Awareness Month partners, Attendance Works, has also released a video describing how chronic absence has become a crisis in our schools and providing concrete examples of how communities are turning around poor attendance.  The video can be used to motivate community members and partners to participate in planning and implementing activities for Attendance Awareness Month.

And finally, if you missed the webinar on April 9, you may view a recording of it below: