Strategies Schools Use for Attendance
- Warm and Welcoming School Climate.
- Positive Relationships with Students and Families.
- Clear Expectations and Communication About Attendance.
What happens when these strategies are not enough to keep students from missing more than one day per month?
All students are provided Tier I support at all Del Norte schools. Students needing attendance support move up the pyramid from Tier I to Tier II for more personalized care. When students have severe chronic absence, missing 20% of school days or more, then a multi-disciplinary team works with the family to create an attendance success plan to help students get back on track.
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Foundational “Whole School” Support Includes
- Positive relationships between school staff, students and families
- Welcoming, socially-emotionally safe, trauma-informed school climate
- Access to technology and connectivity
- Active engagement of parents and students in planning and problem-solving
- A schedule of classes and where/how they are held
- A culture of continuous improvement
- Enrichment activities and clubs
Tier I Universal Prevention Includes
- Community building to create belonging and connection
- Individual wellness check and connectivity assessments
- Personalized outreach and communication to families when students are absent
- Clear, concise and consistent communication about schedules and expectations
- The School Nutrition Program provides 2 meals each day a student attends
- Invite families to design the school’s attendance plan
Tier II Early Intervention Includes
- Small group counseling to provide support for students dealing with anxiety
- Using absenteeism data to activate targeted supports
- Access to learning supports to catch up on missed instruction
- Additional tech support and training for families and students
- Assist a family with identifying a medical home / family health practitioner
- Assisting a family with signing up for public programs e.g. Medicaid, SNAP, UIHS etc.
Tier III Intensive Intervention Includes
- Conduct empathy interview
- Connect family with community supports
- Connect with a tutor or other individualized academic support
- Intensive outreach to locate student and family and assess situation
- Individual Plan based on Identified Needs
Whether students are entering school for the first time, transitioning to a new grade, or navigating distance learning during a pandemic, something that remains true is trusting relationships between educators and families are the foundation for a successful school year for students. With a trusting relationship – built intentionally, thoughtfully, and at the beginning of the year – educators and families operate as partners, ensuring students have what they need.