• Strategies Schools Use for Attendance

    1. Warm and Welcoming School Climate.
    2. Positive Relationships with Students and Families.  
    3. 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?


    Attendance Tiers of Support

    Attendance Works: Belonging to School


    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.

    Attendance Tiers of SupportTiers of Support 


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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.


    Guiding Principles



    Rebound with Attendance


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