Attendance Awareness Month Update
A campaign from Attendance Works

July 25, 2018
Schedule Relational Home Visits

With home visits, families are more likely to feel that educators really care about their kids and often gain a deeper understanding of what their children are learning in school. Educators gain insights into the hopes and dreams that families have for their children as well as the challenges a student faces in getting to school every day. Relational home visits help bridge the gaps that often exist, especially when educators don't live in neighborhoods served by their schools or share the ethnic or class backgrounds of their students. Learn more from Parent Teacher Home Visits.

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What to Do When

Especially if your schools open in August, plan first-day-of-school events stressing the importance of attendance. Print banners and posters to hang on the walls and outside of school. See our promotion materials.

Plan student assemblies and parent summits. See our talking points for families of PreK-12 and talking points for teens. Help parents make the connection between absences and academic trouble through conversations in the community and by building a welcoming environment at school, in letters sent home and in parent-teacher conferences. Find our sample back-to-school letter and script for back-to-school robo calls here.

Consider reaching out to your local superintendent to sign on to our Superintendents Call to Action. We have a variety of resources to help superintendents get started.
Community Spotlight

In CA, Kern County will be recognizing Attendance Awareness Month from mid-August through mid-September 2018. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools developed an attendance awareness campaign with an overview of chronic absence, PSAs, and a School Attendance Resource Booklet, in English and Spanish,  for families that includes contact information for local services to help families overcome challenges to getting to school every day. The campaign includes downloadable resources by Attendance Works. Check out the campaign here!
Resource Spotlight

Too many absences can affect achievement for the absent student and can disrupt learning for the entire class. While teachers play a key role, everyone in the school building - from the principal to the front office to the cafeteria - can teach attendance! Share the Teaching Attendance 2.0 toolkit with teachers during professional development sessions before school starts.

The Attendance Works Teaching Attendance Curriculum provides training so you and your colleagues can learn how to improve attendance in your school, as a three-part series of interactive online training courses. Each course contains videos, reflections and opportunities to apply concepts throughout. Go to our Teaching Attendance Curriculum page to learn more and sign up.
Webinar Spotlight

High levels of chronic absence can be addressed when schools and communities collaborate with multiple stakeholders! Our August 15th webinar, Team Up for Attendance: Community Matters, on August 15th at 11-12:30 pm (PT) / 2-3:30 pm (ET), will feature speakers who will share how early childhood programs, pediatricians and national service volunteers can partner with schools to make a difference. Everyone who registers will receive a link to the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and discussion guide. Register here.

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What are the secret ingredients strong schools use to reduce #chronicabsence? How can community partners help? Join @attendanceworks' free webinar, Community Matters, on August 15 to find out! Register Now:

Missed our first two webinars? Look online for the PowerPoint presentation and recordings of Leadership Matters, (3/28) and Working Together Matters (5/8). Find them on our website.
Partner Spotlight

Everyone Graduates Center combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation's dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to graduation. That includes tracking of early warning indicators, including chronic absence.

The 2018 Building a Grad Nation report shows that 39 states have a graduation rate above 80 percent, marking a major milestone toward reaching the country's goal of a 90 percent graduation rate. Building a Grad Nation, authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center, and released in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America's Promise Alliance, highlights the challenges facing key student subgroups and low-graduation rate schools and urges states to focus on ensuring every student receives a quality education through the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Find the report.
Sponsor Spotlight

A special thanks to our Attendance Awareness Month Campaign corporate sponsors for their commitment to help ensure that every child is in school every day. Their investment makes it possible for us to provide you with free strategies and materials.

Scholastic - $20,000

Safe and Civil Schools - $10,000

French Toast - $10,000
Social Media

Use the 2018 Attendance Awareness Month image to display on your Facebook page or website to help spread the word about Attendance Awareness Month and show your participation. The graphic highlights this year's theme: Team Up for Attendance! Download the image here.

Our sample tweets and Facebook posts send the message that we can all work towards reducing chronic absence. Use them to educate others about the negative impact chronic absence has on student achievement, and to promote participation in Attendance Awareness Month. Find our sample tweets and Facebook posts in Spanish too!

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3/4ths of students who are chronically absent in 6th grade will drop out of high school: #SchoolEveryDay

Facebook Post or Newsletter Item

Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to the particular strengths and challenges of each school or community. Across the nation, schools, communities and advocates have successfully taken steps to ensure children are attending school more regularly.
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