The new school year brings with it a new attendance initiative. This year the district is planning new ways to encourage all students to attend school every day.
A student is labeled chronically absent when they have missed at least 10% of school days for any reason. Whether an absence is excused or unexcused does not matter. It’s the complete number of days missed that leads to a student being labeled chronically absent.
ACS understands there are extenuating circumstances for some absences. The district has services in place to assist in ensuring all students are at school everyday. If a parent needs assistance getting their child to school, they are encouraged to reach out to their child’s principal to inquire about the services available.
To help with the attendance initiative, the district is in the process of creating a Community Attendance Response Team to assist in ensuring all students make it to school each day. This team will be dedicated to identifying the factors keeping students out of school and working with the students and families to overcome the barriers. It is important that students are in school every day. Missing just 10% of the school year can negatively impact a students academic performance and make it harder for them to keep up in their classes.
In an effort to help identify students who are chronically absent, the schools will start sending postcards to the parents of students who are chronically absent or are on the verge of being chronically absent. The postcards will serve as a reminder to parents to encourage their children to attend school everyday. Postcards will also be sent to parents whose child has attended school regularly or increased their attendance rate drastically. ACS wants to positively encourage all students to attend school so they can thrive and be the best Aviators they can be.