1 in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent, and in some schools it is as high as 1 in 4. That means that these students are missing 18 days a year! Chronic absence leads to lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades leading to bad attendance habits which will carry them into college and careers. The Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on attendance and collaborates with local providers and partners to address barriers or challenges that cause students to be chronically absent from school. The Dubuque Community School District has done a lot of work to communicate the importance of attendance through their attendance initiative called Up, Up and Attend. Watch their recent work here: Attend Today. Succeed Tomorrow. and Be An Attendance Superhero.
However, it is not just the responsibility of the school district. As a community we should look at how we can engage families, fix transportation issues, address health needs and consistently track the right data. To learn more visit Attendance Works.