Positive messaging is to help parents and students realize that daily attendance is key to reaching their dreams of a successful future. The message we must deliver is that every absence makes a difference at every grade level. Every day missed is a day of instruction missed that can’t be recovered. Research shows that two to four missed days in the first month of school can predict chronic absence throughout the year. Spreading the message about good attendance at the start of the school year can get everyone off to a good start.
Here are four key steps for messaging about good attendance. Click on the one that interests you for tips, templates, and success stories.
Attendance Incentives and Contests The opening of school is an excellent time to put in place a strong system of incentives to encourage better attendance among students and their families or to make sure an existing system recognizes improved attendance, not just perfect attendance
Host Special Events The new school year means back-to- school night for parents and assemblies for students. These are ideal times to convey the link between absenteeism and student achievement and to build a culture of attendance.