Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed. Yet, local and national data indicate that at least 10% of students miss at least 18 days each year for whatever reason (excused, unexcused, disciplinary); those students are “chronically absent.” Absenteeism disproportionately affects children from low-income families in the Greater Richmond metro area.
Partners are engaged in the Attendance Collaborative Action Network (CAN), where they’re charged by their leaders & peers to take shared action, align individual action, and advocate for policy and practice change. Richmond Public Schools is the convening district, and Bridging Richmond is the convening and data/continuous improvement partner. For 2016-17, CAN action teams are focused on: (1) Communications (carrying the #schooleveryday campaign beyond Sept); (2) Using attendance data for improvement.
Also, building on the foundation laid by Richmond City Grade-Level Reading (GLR), partners are scaling the GLR Campaign to the region. In partnership with Smart Beginnings (as lead of the school readiness space), the Literacy and Attendance CANs will scope the work of the scaled GLR. Read more about the Richmond Regional Campaign for Grade-Level Reading here.
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“Richmond was the first district in Central VA to publicly release chronic absence data, because excused + unexcused + disciplinary absences = missed instruction. Absences impact everything in school from academic growth to social growth, from SOLs to graduation rates. RPS is playing a lead role in this priority area because daily school attendance is a critical component in basic student achievement regardless of zip code. We have much to contribute and learn from being part of a multi-sector network addressing this issue regionally.”
If you would like to get involved with improving attendance outcomes in our region, please contact Alex Rooke, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners from these organizations and institutions are engaged in the Attendance Collaborative Action Network.