Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy
Attendance is a critical building block for student learning. If students are not present, they cannot engage in learning. Attendance is a powerful signal and leading indicator of equity. It can signal when students might need additional support and areas for system and school improvement. Chronic absenteeism impacts all students—no matter their age. Students that miss just two days a month for any reason are more likely to not read at grade level, and more likely to not graduate.
Tools & Resources for Attendance During COVID-19
- OSPI Bulletin 091-20: Emergency Absence Rulemaking - (Effective November 9, 2020)
- Emergency Rule Language - (Effective November 9, 2020)
- Emergency Absence Rule Q & A - November 23, 2020
- AWSP/OSPI Statewide Attendance Guidance Webinar (Sept. 10, 2020)
- Distance Learning Connecting Hierarchy (High Seser ESD, Oregon)
- Updated Beginning of the Year Attendance Letter Template (Coming Soon)
- Writing Truancy Notices that Can Improve Attendance
- GATE Equity Webinar: 101 How do Schools Prioritize and Maintain Connections with all Students
- EveryDay Labs: Family Insights Toolkit
- Strategies for Contacting/Connecting with Students and Families (Attendance Works)
- Three Tiers Framework to Improve Attendance (Attendance Works)
- Attendance Playbook: Smart Solution for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the COVID Era (FutureEd)
- Guide to Using the Attendance Playbook: Smart Strategies for Reducing Chronis Absenteeism in the COVID ERA (Attendance Works)
- Improving Attendance in a Remote Learning Environment (Center on PBIS)
- Remote Learning Tiered Engagement Tool - Sample (High Seser ESD, Oregon)
In this section, you will find resources to learn more about attendance, including recorded webinars, best practices, and research. Find tools & resources to help you improve attendance in your school. Order or download ready to use awareness materials, recordings & videos.
This section has guides for parents to understand that law, truancy process, and ideas for working with their school and district.
Relevant laws and data pertaining to attendance in Washington state.
Each school district must identify a point of contact for all matters related to excessive absenteeism and truancy (RCW 28A.225.026). Find your district's contact information here.