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Attendance and Absenteeism

Upcoming Events

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Time:

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dates and Locations:

  • 1/24/24 - ANNEX Auditorium
  • 2/13/24 -ANNEX Rooms 1,2 & 3
  • 4/3/24 - Boyd Arthur's Auditorium
  • 5/14/24 - ANNEX Rooms 1, 2 & 3

Audience:

Homeless Liaisons, Administration, and Specialized Support
 

Rethink Your Approach: Addressing Student Absenteeism With Attendance Works

Join our professional development series on reducing chronic absenteeism and enhancing student engagement. In collaboration with Attendance Works, Wayne RESA's Special Populations department offers this series to help schools implement proven strategies. The approach involves mobilizing public agencies and community organizations to tackle root causes and align interventions with current needs. Attendees will learn about family engagement, school connectedness, and expanded access to health services. Join this four-part series to unlock effective solutions and make a positive impact on student attendance. Register using the QR code provided.

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Systemically Addressing Attendance

The resources and interventions on this webpage are structured into tiers. The first tier encompasses universal strategies applicable to all students and families, while the second and third tiers provide increasingly targeted support for students with higher absenteeism levels. This approach is recognized by educators and public health officials familiar with other multi-tiered support systems like Response to Intervention and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.

Foundational Support

Effective attendance strategies require a foundation of key conditions (Attendance Works website), including physical and emotional well-being, a sense of belonging, engaging academics, active student involvement, and emotional support. These conditions are built through relationship-building and are crucial for motivating students to attend school. 

Tier 1: Universal Prevention

These strategies focus on preventing absenteeism among all students. Examples include setting attendance expectations and recognizing improvements.

Strategy List: Engaging with Families, Student-Teacher Relationships, Relevant-and Culturally Relevant-Instruction, Restorative Discipline Practices, Summer Learning and Afterschool Strategies, Positive Greetings at the Door, Rethinking Recess, Healthy School Buildings, School-based Health Services, Telehealth, Free Meals for All, School Busses, Safer Walk to School, Laundry at School

Tier 2: Targeted Assistance

These interventions aim to remove attendance barriers for students at higher risk of chronic absenteeism, like those nearing or already meeting the 10% absence threshold. They can be applied to individuals or groups with similar challenges, requiring more personalized attention from schools to emphasize the importance of attendance and develop barrier-reduction plans.

Strategy List: Early Warning Systems, Targeted Home Visits, Mentors and Tutors, Targeted Youth Engagement, Addressing Asthma, Mental Health Support and School Refusal, Students with Disabilities, Immigration Enforcement.

Tier 3: Intensive Intervention

These interventions offer extensive support to students at the highest risk of chronic absenteeism. They often involve customized case management and may include cooperation with health, housing, and social services agencies. This level of support is beneficial for students missing 20% or more of the school year.

Strategy List: Interagency Case Management, Housing Insecurity, Truancy.

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Attendance Taskforce

The Attendance Taskforce at Wayne RESA will be comprised of an Implementation Team and Champions of Change. These two groups will develop strategies to encourage student attendance and engagement, raise awareness of the benefits of education, and mobilize resources to support these efforts. 

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Contacts

May Bamrick

Administrative Assistant

Dana Chicklas

Senior Executive Director of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

Cynthia Cook

School Health Consultant

Terri Czerwinski

Director of Safe and Healthy Schools

Marvin Franklin

Educational Improvement Consultant

Carrie Fromm

Literacy Consultant

Lisa Kaiser

School Culture, Climate, and Equity Consultant

Linda Kell

Leadership Development Consultant

Vanessa Long

School Outreach Nurse

Dr. Joseph Musial

Assessment/Evaluation Consultant

Carol Ann Paul

Manager of State & Federal Programs, and Special Populations

Sabrina Rudy

Special Populations Consultant

Terrance Scott

School Culture, Climate, and Equity Consultant

Cindy Taraskiewicz

Assessment Consultant