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Address Attendance Problems

  • September 23, 2016|
  • 10 months ago

by Elissa Nadworny

nprEd

Article excerpt

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

Chronic absence — defined as missing more than 10 percent of the school year (or just two days a month) — is one of the most destructive forces in a child’s education. Yet more than 6 million students in the U.S. miss three weeks or more of school each year.

Our take

Unexpected Barriers to School Attendance

A new school year brings light, again, to an age-old problem. Absenteeism. The reasons behind the absenteeism may be surprising–and addressable. Do you have a clear idea of what may be keeping kids away from schools in your district?

It’s not always illness that keeps kids away from school; understanding what does can help to address the underlying issues that lead to chronic absenteeism and a related decline in performance. As this article demonstrates, there are some relatively easy things that school districts and administrators can do to address these issues.

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