Tap All Available Resources to Improve Attendance

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For chronically absent students who need a level of intervention beyond what the school can provide, principals should tap into resources offered by the district and community partners.

Leverage available district resources for students with particular challenges as well as other community resources

Many of the factors affecting chronic absence originate beyond the schoolyard, so state agencies, health care providers, community volunteers, nonprofits, and business leaders can be important partners. After-school providers can be powerful partners in monitoring chronically absent students. Volunteers can help mentor students or safeguard children walking to school. Businesses can contribute prizes for incentives as well as provide volunteers. Nonprofits, especially those connected to parents, can convey the message that absences add up.

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