Does Attendance Really Count in Our School?
A Tool for Self Assessment -
(Revised Spring, 2010)(Note: Chronic absence = missing 10% or more of school for any reason including excused and unexcusedabsences. It is different from and can be masked by truancy (unexcused absences) or average dailyattendance (the percent of students who show up to school each day).
Implication(s) for Action
1.Every day, in every class, teachers take rollaccurately in a caring manner.2.Attendance data is entered daily into anelectronic data base that can generateregular reports on average dailyattendance, chronic absence & truancy.3.An attendance team meets regularly toreview data to identify problematic andpositive attendance patterns by grade,population of students and classroom .4.Our school tracks and reaches out tochronically absent students and theirfamilies to see how attendance could beimproved.
Students with excessive excused absencesare required to provide a doctor’s note.6.Individual learning plans are developedfor high-risk students exhibiting pooracademic performance and/or poorattendance.7.Our school partners with communityagencies that can help reach out and offerresources to help chronically absentstudents and their families8.An effective school wide system of attendance incentives is in place.9.Our school informs parents about theimportance of attendance, works withparents to identify common barriers andencourages parents to help each other gettheir children to school.10.Our strategies for supporting student1