When we see a student struggling at the school we see that sometimes the reason is that they have low attendance. For most educators, we know that it’s not challenging to come up with a name or face for a struggling student. We see that the school lms can play a role to keep updated with such reasons. We see that in fact, the challenge might be to name just one as well. Unfortunately, we see that a common issue with such students is absenteeism as well. We know that the very kids who need to be in school are often the ones who aren’t there.
We see that while we may not be able to control many of the factors that contribute to student absenteeism, we can help to encourage better school attendance across the board as well. The question we ask is have they ever walked into a school with an awesome school culture at the same time? We are aware that positive interactions between staff, as well as students, encouraging announcements, as well as even celebratory artwork and student accomplishments, may surround the teacher.
We know that this is the type of atmosphere that inspires staff members as well as students alike. We see that if the goal is for students to become excited about attending school as well as more invested in their learning, put a priority on establishing a positive school culture as well. We know that if attendance is important to the school, they must state that explicitly. We see that schools that spell out important schoolwide expectations as well as explain their importance establish clarity of vision for all involved. We see that when grounded in social and emotional learning, students experience a positive school climate in which they can learn as well as grow.
They promote teacher-student relationships as well. It is proposed that the most basic human needs are to feel safe as well as have a sense of belonging. We see that within the school setting, key role models are school administrators, counselors, as well as teachers. We know that chronically absent students view their relationships with their teachers (or lack thereof) as the most important factor affecting their school attendance as well. They therefore must never underestimate the impact of a sentence like, “I’m so glad to see the teacher today.” We see that one of the biggest challenges schools face is parents who don’t value education in general.
We see that these parents might not have had a positive experience when they were in school. The school can change that by working toward improved parent-teacher communication as well. They can begin that positive experience with simple steps like hosting information nights, producing newsletters, as well as conducting parent-teacher interviews. And we don’t underestimate the power of the occasional positive phone call home as well. We see that these actions will reinforce the link between consistent attendance as well as students’ subsequent health, wealth, and happiness at the same time. We see that chronic absenteeism affects the school’s climate, staff morale, as well as overall student achievement. We see that factors that contribute to these absence rates vary from school to school, but common reasons include poverty, as well as poor health, unstable housing, and unreliable transportation. We know that families, as well as family culture, also play a role, particularly if parents do not place importance on education at the same time.
We see that while solid school-wide attendance is an integral ingredient in academic success, it might not be sufficient at all. We see that a particular subset of students might require a higher level of intervention as well. The School learning management system can keep a record of these problems that are affecting students and ultimately teachers as well. We see that when a student has had chronic absence, it’s crucial to positively welcome and acknowledge them into the class upon their return. We see that this can help them catch up and minimize their problems once they’ve returned. They must put themselves in the shoes of a chronically absent student and consider other scenarios.