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    Seattle Public Schools' Commitment to Increasing Student Attendance and Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

    Seattle Public Schools, along with the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and neighboring districts, have committed to addressing chronic absenteeism.

    Why Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Matter

    Attendance has been proven to be one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and can have a dramatic impact on key milestones, including third grade reading, 9th grade achievement, high school graduation, and life success.

    Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student missing 10 percent of school, regardless of the reason — that's 18 days in a school year!

    A focus on chronic absenteeism examines the link between loss of instructional time and academic achievement. An awareness of chronic absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and communities to make informed decisions regarding missing school.

    In Seattle Public Schools 6,121 (11.3 percent) of our students are chronically absent. We are dedicated to providing the best educational experience for our students and part of that is increasing attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism.

    Resources for Families

    Resources for Teachers

      Additional resources can be found at Attendance Works' website and the Truancy Toolkit from the California Department of Justice

      Attendance Intervention: For Schools

      Five universal strategies for building a culture of high attendance expectations.

      Tackling Chronic Absence: 5 Universal Strategies for Building a Culture of High Attendance Expectations (Adapted from

      1. Recognize good and improved attendance
      2. Intentionally and proactively engage students and families
      3. Monitor attendance data and daily practices
      4. Facilitate personalized and early outreach to students with attendance concerns
      5. Identify programmatic responses to barriers to school attendance

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