• Attendance Intervention


    bus Identifying and addressing student need is a fundamental activity key to improving student attendance. For a variety of reasons, students miss school. Reasons range from illness, to not having a strong understanding of the benefits of school attendance and completion. Regardless of the reason, research indicates that students that miss at least two days of school each month, are often students who receive poor grades and become candidates for not completing school.

    The Office of Attendance Improvement currently maintains twelve attendance teachers who have the responsibility of identifying and eliminating barriers that  prevent students from attending school consistently.  Attendance teachers provide  direct services to parents and students, working in collaboration with school staff, community partners (i.e. Say Yes Buffalo, etc.), and governmental agencies.


    District Attendance teachers are charged with addressing the needs of students who have missed more than 10% of school.


    In increasing the delivery of services to both students and parents, the Office of Attendance Improvement is seeking to enhance and develop partnerships with community based organizations and social services entities. The goal is to identify opportunities to provide enhanced services to eliminate barriers that hinder a students’/family’s ability to attend school consistently. The following services, supports, and programs will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year:


    1. Parent Workshops: Designed to increase parents’ knowledge of the importance of school attendance and provide information and strategies that promote attendance.

    2. Truancy Prevention Guide:  Designed to share important information regarding truancy (i.e. laws, impact of, resources to address).

    3. Attendance “Court” Administrative Meetings: Designed to address the challenges and barriers  of students who have chronic and/or severe school attendance with critical school-based and community resources and services.

    4. Truancy Hotline: The truancy hotline is a resource to concerned community members who consistently encounter school aged youth congregating in specific locations during the school day. Attendance personnel will investigate reports.


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