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To improve the outcomes of every student through the creation of a Multi Tiered Systems of Support that will be used to provide targeted support to struggling students. Focus will be on the “whole child” to not only support academic growth and achievement but also behavior, social emotional needs, absenteeism, and uniqueness's at each site
Chronic absence is a national crisis. When schools, communities and families work together, students succeed. Find tips on this page to improve your child's attendance.
"Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school." Attendance Works
10 Facts About School Attendance
Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
Over 8 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.
Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.
Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.
Tips to Improve Your Child's Attendance
Set a regular bed time and morning routine
Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunization shots.
Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help them with transitions.
Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
Volunteer at your child's school, and get involved. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
For more information on how to help improve your child's attendance, contact one of our Student Success Liaisons:
MLSS is a comprehensive instructional framework that aims to provide support to ALL students. MLSS enables teachers to use their professional judgement and make data-informed decisions swiftly regarding the students in their classrooms. It is not a supplementary process, program, or initiative, but is instead a research-based framework for effective teaching and learning.
MLSS is New Mexico's adaptation of the Response to Intervention Framework (RTI). It supports high-quality instruction and intervention, healthy students, and safe learning environments. The figure below represents the major components of the MLSS model.
Under the new guidance
Districts must provide support for the following:
data-driven and problem-solving tools
School leaders must support school staff with implementation and accountability systems for:
screening and assessment
using data-driven decision-making
Resources for Teachers!
Intervention Central is a free resource that provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement MLSS to attain the Common Core State Standards.