Attendance Awareness Campaign Update
A project led by Attendance Works
September 23, 2021
Good (mental + physical) Health Supports Strong Attendance!

The stresses of the past 18 months have left students, families and staff emotionally worn down, suggesting a real need to help students cope with the pandemic to ensure strong attendance and participation.

A fall survey by the JED Foundation and Fluent Research found that nearly two-thirds of parents who responded report that their child has recently experienced a mental or emotional challenge. A full one-third said their child’s emotional health is worse than before the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the national survey of more than 2,000 parents or caregivers. Find the Fluent Family Wellbeing Study.

Our work with schools, districts and states is helping educators and their partners think strategically about how they can effectively support students and families as we continue to adapt to Covid-19, and what they should have in place over time to improve student attendance and achievement. Donate today!
In a special report, Safeguarding Student Mental Health, the American Psychological Association describes the mental health needs of students today and a multitiered approach to providing supports they need to attend regularly and achieve academically. Find the report.  

This year in particular there’s a need for learning environments that welcome and support students, including those who were not equitably served before Covid-19. Take a positive, problem-solving approach. Students miss school for many reasons — many reflecting challenges in the community or school. Consider using strategies and resources from our Pathways to Engagement: A Toolkit for Covid-19 Recovery Through Attendance
Attendance Tools
CASEL has published guidance for schools to draw on social and emotional learning that supports students and adults as they start the school year. The guidance is organized around four critical actions. Find the guide, An Initial Guide to Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional Learning as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community.

Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools and the National School Health Collaborative’s Our Back to School, Back Together campaign puts health at the center of education while providing school communities with the support they need. Find a collection of school and district resources for 2021-22.  

Designed for classroom teachers and school and district leaders, Flamboyan Foundation’s Beginning of the Year Relationship Building Toolkit offers guiding principles, a school leader checklist, family and student questionnaires and a welcome call planning tool. Find the toolkit

Cultural awareness, responsiveness, and understanding are essential to improving the care for traumatized children, families and communities. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s searchable website has a multitude of resources for the public, professionals and others who are concerned about child traumatic stress. Several are focused on Families and Trauma. Find them here.
Research News

Exclusionary discipline practices, such as out-of-school suspension and in-school suspension, are used frequently in U.S. public schools. The results from a new American Institutes for Research (AIR) study find that disciplining students through exclusion did not reduce future misbehavior, and the more severe the exclusionary discipline, the greater its negative effects were on future academic performance, attendance and behavior. Learn more about the research here.
Policy News

The Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard blog post, How Schools Can Protect Our Children and Their Future When Reopening, describes recommendations such as collaborating with local health authorities to establish the community health risks and keeping some remote options available. Read the post.
Upcoming Events

The surge in Covid-19 cases is increasing the number of students who miss school. Join AAC webinar #4 on September 29, 2021, Supported: Leveraging Attendance Data to Ensure Ongoing Success. Everyone who registers will receive a link to the recorded webinar, presentation slides and discussion guide. Sign up here!

On October 26-29, 2021, the National Center for Community Schools at Children’s Aid presents the virtual edition of the Community Schools Fundamentals Conference, a learning experience designed specifically for those new or relatively new to community schools. Learn more and register.
Partner Spotlight
Since 1964, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) — a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization — has been at the forefront of innovative efforts that bring together leaders across the various sectors of education (P-20), workforce development and child-and youth-serving systems. IEL builds partnerships across institutional boundaries, helping tackle leadership challenges and leverage the resources of multiple partners to foster reform.

IEL’s flagship events, the Community Schools National Forum and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference are scheduled for June 2022. These gatherings combine content, networks and expertise from all 50 states, the federal district, territories and around the world so participants can learn with and from one another. Watch for registration to open this fall. Learn more!
Spread the Word!

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When families & schools work as partners in a child’s education, it makes it easier to resolve attendance barriers & ensure students continue learning even if they must miss school due to illness or quarantine, or attend class online #SchoolEveryDay

Join @attendanceworks @AmericasPromise @UnitedWay @readingby3rd @JHU_EGC @FutureEdGU @healthyschools @IELconnects & @MENTORnational for AAC Webinar, Supported: Leveraging Attendance Data to Ensure Ongoing Success (revised title) on 9/29 #SchoolEveryDay
Corporate Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Attendance Awareness Corporate Sponsors: EveryDay Labs and Kaiser Permanente.
Campaign Convening Partners
See the full list of Attendance Awareness Partners here.
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