The purpose of the Whitsitt Elementary truancy program is to assist parents in helping students maintain regular attendance. We believe by setting both a day-to-day and long-term goal along with connecting the parents to various helpful resources, our students will develop positive behaviors in their school attendance and their academics.
The Schools Attendance Plan hopes to share the responsibility of improving attendance for all students with the home and the community. To accomplish this goal, our staff has created possible strategies and interventions whereby resources and support will be coordinated to generate the desired results.
The program is an early intervention program with the hopes of assisting parents in helping students maintain attendance in school by setting goals and connecting parents to resources and supporting improved student attendance and performance.
The school counselor and principal have a huge role in advocating for improving the student’s attendance. The school counselor is the person of contact who’s promoting the compliance aspects as well as the following;
The principal is responsible for sending out five days or more letters to parents. He is also responsible for creating the actual team of stakeholders needed to help the intervention run smoothly.
The program consisted of several levels of intervention.
Currently, the program hasn’t undergone an evaluation. However, the focus should be on the program to run and at the end of every quarter or semester, the truancy team could all come together and talk about its effectiveness. As well, as look to find other ways to expand and where they could grow. The logic model created would be one great way to help with evaluating the program, interviews, focus groups, and in many aspects open-ended questions surveys from stakeholders. Collecting qualitative data is time-consuming and can also be expensive. However, it would be very helpful for this program as it grows.
The school is very focused and considerate of the cultural aspects that play into the student’s absentee rates. Several of those considerations would be the school exposing children and their families to language-rich environments that they may not have access to at home. Time on task, which means students who miss too much school tend to fall behind and have a hard time catching up. The importance of persistence in building good attendance habits, that essentially lead to success in school and life and making sure students are engaged because the more they miss the less engaged they are when they are in attendance.
So far, the results have been the school’s truancy rate has dropped from 15% to 13%. Mostly, from educating parents on how important it is for students to be in school.
RecommendationsoffThe program needs an evaluation plan that would be beneficial for the future growth of the program. Another recommendation would be educating incoming students’ parents/guardians about the beginning of the school year during orientation. That would allow parents to under the expectations and the outcome if they are not met.
The great part about the program is that the stakeholders are huge advocates for the students and their families. Finding more ways to coordinate various efforts to maximize the program’s effectiveness, in hopes of stopping of, stopping, and positively stopstoppingdetermine the cycle of continued unexcused absences before it becomes chronic. More importantly, provide continual support and backup to parents/guardians in their efforts to keep their children in school.