United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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In partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, United Way of Southwest Virginia is pleased to announce our support for Region VII’s school districts by offering resources to help implement and encourage each district’s schools attendance efforts.

First, the Attendance Resource Compass.

The Compass provides easy access to local, regional, and state information, data, messaging, and tools to support the accreditation chronic absence rating standards enforced by the Virginia Department of Education.

Second, the 2018-2019 SWVA Attendance Initiative Report.

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This region-specific resource is based on the work participating SWVA schools completed in the 2018-2019 school year. This resource includes a comprehensive report offering best practices, common barriers, and highlights, Chronic Absence data by school and district, and a Resource Guide, with samples of school messaging over the past year.

With the second release of national data on chronic absence from the Office for Civil Rights for the 2015-2016 school year, we now know that over 8 million students across the country are chronically absent. This puts an unacceptable number of tomorrow’s workforce off-track to read proficiently by third grade and for early school success overall.

Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, chronic absence can leave third graders unable to read proficiently, sixth graders struggling with coursework and high school students off track for graduation. Chronic absence is especially problematic among students living in poverty who are most likely to have poor attendance over multiple years and least likely to have the resources to make up for the lost time in the classroom. In some communities, chronic absence affects more than one out of four children.

We hope these supports will be simple yet powerful ways to help our schools, parents, and students in Southwest Virginia navigate chronic absence prevention and intervention.


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Carolyn Koesters
Childhood Success Coordinator
Phone: 276-525-4114
Fax: 276-525-8484

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2019 Chronic Absense Report

2019 Absense Report

2019 Chronic Absense Report

2019 Chronic Absense Report

2019 Chronic Absense Report Guide

Best Practice Model Documentation

Smyth County Public Schools

Why Attendance and Chronic Absence?

Civic Leaders, Business & Community Messaging

The Case for Chronic Absence

10 Steps Communities can Take to Reduce Chronic Absence

10 Steps Communities can Take to Reduce Chronic Absence

Take Action

Video: Attendance Works: A Community Imperative

Key Research

Attendance Playbook July 2019

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions

Why Attendance Matters for Achievement and How Interventions Can Help

Why Attendance Matters for Achievement and How Interventions Can Help

National and State Resources

Attendance and Truancy among Virginia Students

12 module video series

Kids Count

Truancy Related Data and Student Attendance Policy Regulations

Virginia DOE website

Prevention Strategies and Programs: Attendance and Truancy

Parent Messaging

Back to School Letter

Bringing Attendance Home

Home Visits

My Child's Attendance Success Plan

My Family's Help Bank

My Family's Help Bank

Principal and Attendance Team Resources

3 Tiers of Intervention

Attendance Infographic (English)

Attendance Infographic (English)

Attendance Infographic (Spanish)

Attendance Infographic (Spanish)

Establishing School-wide Attendance Incentives

Establishing School-wide Attendance Incentives

Factors that Contribute to Chronic Absence

How Sick is too Sick?

Key Research on Health Issues

Leading Attendance: A Principal Toolkit

Resource Guide: Controlling Environments and Managing Asthma

Self Assessment

Self Assessment

Use Chronic Absence Data to Determine Need for Additional Supports

Student Messaging

Certificate of Achievement (from Count Us In)

Incentives

Superintendent Resources

Address Barriers and Root Causes

Calculating Chronic Absense

District Self-Assessment Tool

District Self-Assessment Tool

Early and Often: Showing Up in Preschool Matters

Audience Messaging

Elem Attendance

Elem Attendance

Audience Messaging

Middle & High School Attendance

Middle & High School Attendance

Audience Messaging

Perfectly Punctuated Campaign: for Preschool

Audience Messaging

PreK Attendance

PreK Attendance

Audience Messaging

Superintendents Call to Action

System-Wide Resources

2021 990 Tax form

Key Messages Around Chronic Absenteeism

Tips for Starting Your Attendance Initiative

Teacher Resources

Classroom Attendance Calculator

Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

Student Attendance Success Plans

Teaching Attendance Video

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