Attendance Awareness Campaign Update
A project led by Attendance Works
June 24, 2021
Make the Most of Summer!

This summer provides an opportunity for students to practice the routine of showing up to school. Consider offering school readiness camps for kids who did not participate in kindergarten or preschool in the prior year. Partner with summer program and community-based partners to implement bridging to school activities for older students. Find resources to help design, fund and recruit students and families to summer programming below!

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Find new materials for the summer in our Pathways to Engagement: A Toolkit for Covid-19 Recovery Through Attendance. Download the Building Bridges to School handout with ideas and actions your school or district can take to encourage attendance this summer and fall. 

With record numbers of students who have missed weeks or even months of school, schools and districts will need all-hands-on-deck to improve attendance in the fall and through the new school year. Register for our three-part e-training for educators. We've opened new dates in August and September. Register here

Chronic absence is a call to action that we can and must address if we want all children and youth to benefit fully from an education that prepares them for success in school, work and life. The Key Messages for 2021 support this year’s theme, Rebound with Attendance! View and download a copy.
Use our 2021 social media images and resources for your campaign. Download new badges.
Our next webinar will discuss approaches for welcoming families and staff back to school in the fall, and that promote the routine of attendance and leverage and amplify rituals. Register Today! Our next AAC Webinar: Welcomed: Embracing Students, Families and Educators in the New School Year, Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 11am-12:30pm PT / 2pm–3:30pm ET. Register here! 

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Attendance Tools
Research shows that students with high attendance in quality summer learning programs gain an advantage in academics. But getting kids to sign up for voluntary summer learning programs isn't always easy. The Wallace Foundation has created a toolkit to help recruit students and families to participate in summer programs. Find the guide here.
A Summer Learning Toolkit, with resources drawn from five urban school districts and their partners, can help educators develop summer programming. The toolkit from the Wallace Foundation is aligned with recommendations from the RAND Corporation, a research partner. Learn more about the toolkit.

The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative offers virtual learning offerings and resources designed to build the capacity of all 50 states, school districts and partners. Learn more
Policy News

There will be $8.45 billion available at the state level, and $21.9 billion at the local level, for afterschool and summer programs, the National Summer Learning Association says in a webinar. Learn more about the allowable uses of funds, how to plan, and how the out-of-school time (OST) community can advocate for grants and contracts that support summer and afterschool programs. View the webinar.
State News

The Council of Chief State School Officers has developed the 2021 Summer Learning & Enrichment: State Guidance for District and School Leaders. This guide offers practical guidance and resources to help local education agencies plan summer learning opportunities to meet the most pressing needs of students and teachers this summer. Find the guidance.

A new study finds that a regular bedtime reduces kindergartners’ absences and decreases their likelihood of being chronically absent, and the bedtime hour doesn't matter. The study by Michael Gottfried, University of Pennsylvania, and Jacob Kirksey, Texas Tech University, relied on a nationally representative sample of kindergartners, and notes that bedtime routines are helpful. Read the study, Going to sleep and going to school: Linking bedtime to student absenteeism.
Two new research briefs by Civic, supported by Lumina Foundation, explore the added challenges and barriers immigrant, English learner, and American Indian and Alaska Native students experience in education, including those that lead to higher absenteeism. The briefs offer recommendations for how educators and policymakers can reduce the education gaps. Find both briefs here

Download the presentation slides, a discussion guide and view the webinar recording for AAC webinars #1 and #2! All found on our website.
  • Webinar #1, Committed: Supporting Attendance and Participation to the Very Last Day of School, held on April 14.
  • Webinar #2, Engaged: Using Summer to Connect with Students and Families, on May 26.

Welcome Corporate Sponsors!

A big thank you to this year's Attendance Awareness Corporate Sponsors: EveryDay Labs, French Toast and Kaiser Permanente.
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Save the date for the 3rd webinar of the 2021 Attendance Awareness Campaign on August 4th! Speakers will discuss how they promote attendance routines during the fall's back to school. More details to come from @attendanceworks! Register: #SchoolEveryDay

Join us August 4 at 2:00pm ET for AAC webinar #3, "Welcomed: Embracing Students, Families and Educators in the New School Year.” Learn tips for welcoming students, families & staff, promoting attendance & amplifying rituals. #SchoolEveryDay

Connecticut monitored daily #chronicabsence during the pandemic & can use the metrics to support educational investments. Read more in the NEW report by @attendanceworks & @EducateCT: #edchat
Campaign Convening Partners
See the full list of Attendance Awareness Partners here.
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