Attendance interventions for chronically absent students
- Provides support and resources to address individual barriers to school attendance
- Can offer support for physical or mental health factors, family conditions, or school issues, such as relationships with teachers or bullying
- Poor attendance is correlated with delinquency, substance abuse, poor academic performance, and dropping out
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
All school-aged children
Outcomes and impact
- Strong evidence for improved school attendance
- On average, school attendance improved by about 1 week
- Program components and effectiveness vary
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Collect a wide range of data on student well-being to guide more precise interventions and identify whether students are missing school because of mental health struggles, family issues, social challenges, or community-based factors.
- Interventions tend to be more effective when they address students' and families' physical and mental health needs.
- Engage in family outreach to identify barriers to attendance and target interventions more effectively.
- Increase student access to support services before attendance has become a major issue.
- Recognize school attendance with positive behavioral supports, like recognition from peers, award ceremonies at school assemblies, extra recess time, etc.
- Refrain from punitive messages and measures, which are generally ineffective and often lead to counterproductive suspensions and explusions.
- Engage with students and parents to raise awareness about the negative effects of chronic absenteeism.