Chronic absenteeism and truancy is a critical issue in schools across our country, and Pennsylvania is no exception. Chronic absenteeism has been associated with negative educational and life outcomes in adulthood for students. Attendance in school is crucial!
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Attendance Works is a national and state initiative designed at addressing absenteeism and truancy in local communities. The website contains key findings on the importance of school attendance and strategies for reducing absenteeism.
In October 2015, the Federal Government announced the Every Student, Every Day campaign, a national initiative to raise awareness about chronic absenteeism. This toolkit provides directives and goals, citations to key research on absenteeism, and resources for stakeholders, including parents and youth, to access when attempting to address absenteeism in local communities.
ELC released a statement positively receiving the Every Student, Every Day campaign and providing additional details on the importance of school attendance in Pennsylvania.