October 19, 2021

7 strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism in the return to school

The school year was supposed to start smoothly after a year of remote and hybrid learning, but student quarantines due to COVID-19 close contacts and the ongoing pandemic are disrupting school attendance rates, causing school leaders to take more comprehensive and thoughtful approaches to prevent student absences and recover lost instructional time.

Pre-pandemic concerns about chronic absenteeism rates only worsened during the 2020-21 school year as many school systems shut campuses for in-person learning, only offered hybrid learning, or had families who chose to have their children learn remotely.

Younger students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those living in poverty, those with disabilities and English learners, had “distressing” rates of absenteeism during the pandemic. Students who are chronically absent are at academic risk, and their absences may be due to school barriers, aversions, disengagement or misconceptions.

There are, however, strategies school systems can use to lessen chronic absenteeism, which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason. Here are 7 that experts know will help…

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