Reaching out to chronically absent students and their families often takes an extra shift of adults– whether they are volunteers from faith-based groups, mentors from the business world or national service members. These resources can help you organize that additional help.
￼Student attendance teams provide a vehicle to keep track of school-wide attendance trends, as well as what’s going on with chronically absent students. September is a great time to identify students who were chronically absent in the past year or in the first month of school.
In New York City, schools draw on City Year, Experience Corps and groups to provide Success Mentors for chronically absent students. The program has shown extraordinary results: Students with mentors attended nearly 12,000 more days in a school year than similar students without the extra support. For a how-to guide, click here.