Attendance 2017-08-29T15:41:56+00:00


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. Bridging Richmond currently convenes and facilitates Attendance CAN partners. For 2017-18, partners are focused on using data for continuous improvement – starting small to learn what works, and scaling best practices through the network. Three partners

Furthermore, in collaboration with the Literacy CAN (convened by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg) and Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond (school readiness convener), partners are engaged in the the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR). GLR is a collaborative of public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations, convened by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. The Campaign is focused on increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency across the Greater Richmond Region. Read more here.

Click here to review Attendance CAN meeting notes, charge, etc.

Chronic Absence Issue Brief

Launch of 2017-18 Attendance CAN

PPDC charts

Continuous Improvement Action Plan, Peter Paul Development Center (May 2017)

Contact Information

If you would like to get involved with improving attendance outcomes in our region, please contact Alex Rooke, Action Network Coordinator at acrooke@vcu.edu.

Network Partners

Partners from these organizations and institutions are engaged in the Attendance Collaborative Action Network.