In the 2021-2022 school year, 77,000 students or 23% of Nebraska students were chronically absent. Chronic absence disproportionately affects students with disabilities, students of color, and students who are economically disadvantaged. Chronic absence also affects students in early grades and those in later grades.
Chronic absence is defined as missing 10% of a child’s time in membership.
Links to handouts:
Visit https://www.attendanceworks.org/ for more resources to support you in identifying potential root causes, strategies and evidence-based interventions to address chronic absenteeism in your school community.
- Worksheet: Understanding the root causes for student absenteeism
- Three tiers of interventions:
- National Association of State Boards of Education: Examining Chronic Absence Through A Student Health Lens
- IES REL West: Data Visualization Can Help Educators Address Chronic Absence
- NTV: Special Report: Truancy, Schools, and Covid-19
- Nebraska State Board of Education Resolution for Attendance Awareness
- NTV: Grand Island Public Schools: Chronic Absence: Schools Tackle Hidden Crisis
- School Health Updates: NDE Presentation on Chronic Absence