Reach out to Absent Students and Families

iStock_000046769948_DoubleReaching 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.


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Check & Connect assigns trained mentors to at-risk students to improve engagement with school and learning through close monitoring of their attendance, behavior, and grades.

City Year uses AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors and role models. Attendance is a key focus.

RAMP: The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program uses group, peer and individual mentoring to build on career-development efforts by schools and employers.


Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 12.40.39 PMIn 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.