Summer 2022, No. 2
A Note from the Executive Director
Summer has flown by, and many of us are already preparing for the next school year. Like the past two years, welcoming students and families in a warm and open manner will go a long way towards rebuilding their relationships with teachers and staff and getting the sense that school is a place they belong.

We are finalizing new materials for the fall to help you welcome students and families back to school in our Showing Up Matters for R.E.A.L. toolkit. Watch for these new materials during our August 3 Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar. Register here.

Home visits, done in the summer or fall, establish rapport early, before any problems arise. After the first visit, the family and the teachers continue to build upon their connection. Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) is a nonprofit that trains teachers to do home visits, and they have added a virtual option to their in-person program. Learn more.

Professional Development. So many students missed too much school last year. Sign up for our three-part e-training for educators. Learn how to implement strategies, support students and mobilize community partners to engage students that are missing school. Register as part of a team.

I hope you found time for some rest and relaxation this summer.

Best wishes,

Hedy N. Chang
Founder and Executive Director
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News Highlights
Attendance Awareness Campaign
Mayors and other elected leaders, school boards and superintendents can signal the importance of school attendance by declaring that September is Attendance Awareness Month, especially while we are still experiencing impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve updated our template Proclamation for 2022. Share it with your networks! Find the proclamation.

Register today for AAC webinar #3, Ensuring a Welcoming, Healthy and Restorative Start to School, August 3 at 12pm-1:30pm PT / 3pm–4:30pm ET. Speakers will talk about strategies and resources that work for supporting a healthy and restorative start to the school year this fall.

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The fall is an opportunity to encourage students to come to #SchoolEveryDay. Join @attendanceworks’ 3rd AAC webinar (8/3, 12pm PT/3pm ET) for effective strategies & learned lessons from @HealthierGen@ElkGroveUnified & @KPcatalysts Register: 
We send our deep appreciation to two of our corporate sponsors of the 2022 Attendance Awareness Campaign!
RaaWee K12 provides a highly robust collaboration platform where school districts implement best practices for tracking students’ attendance and managing interventions.

Safe and Civil Schools empowers educators to create safe and supportive school environments that promote student learning and lifelong success.
Resource Spotlight
Check out these great tips from Kimberly Hager and Sarah Arenz on building relationships with middle and high school students during their first day, first week and first month of school. Via Edutopia.

Chronic absence is a problem we can solve, especially if community partners work with schools, parents and communities to improve student attendance. Find updated resources to help you find and partner with local Business Leaders.

We have updated our case statement to help you persuade Business Leaders in your community to get started on the important work of improving school achievement and reducing chronic absence. Find the case statement.
NEW! Data Tools
We have updated versions of the Attendance Works District and School Attendance Tracking tools! These tools will help you analyze your local data, and can better capture information about students experiencing extreme chronic absenteeism (missing 50% or more of school). Before the new school year begins is an excellent time to examine who was chronically absent last year. Learn more.
New Research
A survey of families with elementary school-age children in California offers insights into the type of resources that would be most helpful to help them recover and thrive. Find the results of Families After Pandemic, released by Keep Learning California, a collaborative developed by Attendance Works, Families in Schools and PIQE.
Policy News
The Bipartisan Safe Communities Act includes federal funding to support evidence-based practices to support attendance for middle and high school grades. Signed into law on June 25, the law invests $50 million into the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to support partnerships between community-based organizations (such as mentoring and afterschool programs) and local education agencies or other community entities.
Attendance Works would like to express its deep appreciation to the foundations that are currently funding our work nationally and in communities across the country: Abell Foundation, The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Heising-Simons Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Open Society Institute–Baltimore, The Patterson Foundation, Rogers Family Foundation, Stuart Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, United Way of Treasure Valley.