Chronic Absenteeism Surging in Schools
"A month into in-person learning for most California schools, some districts are reporting soaring rates of absenteeism due to stay-at-home quarantines, fear of Covid and general disengagement from school." A recent EdSource article, "Absenteeism surging since schools reopened", points to what many of us have known on the ground, kids are missing school and lots of it.
Now more than ever, it is critical to address the needs of youth experiencing chronic absenteeism. DataZone and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, are working to address the needs of youth experiencing chronic absenteeism.
District Supports for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Report
The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, is developing plans to address the needs of youth experiencing chronic absenteeism and continuing planning efforts to increase access to school-based mental health and wellness services. To assist in that goal, the SCCOE took the lead on an information gather that included the development and administration of two separate surveys, a review of school district School Attendance Review Board (SARB) practices, structured interviews with select stakeholders, and the development of district profiles (see Appendix A). This report offers a summary of the information gathered.
Strategies to Prevent Chronic Absenteeism
Identifying chronic absenteeism, engaging stakeholders, and monitoring intervention outcomes are critical to changing the current situation with chronic absenteeism. In collaboration with Attendance Works, a national leader in chronic absenteeism, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) has created the following strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism in Santa Clara County and reduce the inequitable classification of marginalized students.
Using DataZone to monitor Chronic Absenteeism
These metrics are available for everyone in the Attendance - Chronic Absenteeism Dashboard:
- # Missing 10% or more
- Who are Students Needing Support?
- What grades levels are affected by chronic absence?
These metrics are available in My Classroom for teachers:
- # Missing 10% or more in 2021-2022
- Who are my students who are chronically absent or close to being chronically absent in 2021-2022?
- And more….