Statistics show the way to best impact chronic absenteeism in schools is to address it at the elementary school level. Experts agree that it’s important to tackle habits of being absent at an early age with relationship-building strategies.
“They tend to have poor grades. They tend to have less friends. We see them with depression, mental health issues. Students who aren’t at school are missing out, and they’re very aware of that.” said Bowen’s Corner Elementary School principal Aimee Fulmer.
Fulmer said when it comes to young students who aren’t in school for depression, anxiety, it’s important to build trust — to the let student and the family know that school is safe.
National statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Education show a student with two absences per month is likely to fail math and reading. The same data shows students who are chronically absent in elementary school are less likely to read by the time they reach third grade and more likely to drop out of high school.
For more on what we can do to have a positive impact on chronic absenteeism, watch the interview above with Principal Fulmer.
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