Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
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Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

Why are we focusing on attendance?
Attendance Awareness logo Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. A student who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in a school year—or just two days a month—for any reason is considered chronically absent. Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind in reading and math and less likely to graduate from high school. Addressing chronic absenteeism and developing good attendance habits is a solvable problem for which we all share responsibility.

Getting Started
Tools to help you take the first steps towards reducing chronic absenteeism and improving attendance.

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Laws and Guidance
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Communications Materials
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What's New

Upcoming Events
ESD 189 Regional Workshop: Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism, New Challenges in Policy and Practice

September is Attendance Awareness Month!
There will be a state-wide poster contest, communication materials, and a Call to Action for all district superintendents! More information.

Notice of Rulemaking
OSPI is revising the WAC governing absences, excused and unexcused.

Contact Us
Is your school or district addressing absenteeism? Contact us and let us know what you are doing!

   Updated 7/26/2017

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