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Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy

School Avoidance Alliance

The School Avoidance & Refusal Alliance is dedicated to sharing best practice interventions, school avoidance facts, and resources for helping kids with school avoidance get back to learning (school).

Contact Information

Attendance

Krissy Johnson
360-725-6045

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.


Best Practices for Improving Attendance

Explore best practices to help you in your attendance improvement work through multi-tiered systems of support. 

Resources & Materials

Discover tools for understanding your data, planning and assessment tools, information on attendance screeners, and a variety of resources for communicating about attendance.  

Policies, Guidance, and Data Reporting 

Learn about relevant policies, guidance, and data pertaining to attendance in Washington state. 

District Truancy Liaison

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.