Community Partners Join with HPS to Give Boost to Attendance Initiative

Community Partners Join with HPS to Give Boost to Attendance Initiative

In the hallways of Burns School, each classroom posts their attendance every morning as part of their school-wide daily attendance competition.  Burns School has formed an Attendance Team to provide one-on-one attention for families who needs support in getting their students to school.

A rejuvenated Attendance Initiative was kicked into first gear in part by the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading's September Attendance Awareness Month– and the existing great need for attention to issues of chronic attendance in our schools.

The initiative which aims to eliminate chronic absenteeism– when students miss 10% of their school year by missing 2 or more days per month– is moving forward quickly with a pilot program in 7 of our schools, including Early Reading Lab @ Betances School, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Clark School, Jumoke Academy at Milner School, America's Choice at SAND School, and more; with the restructuring of attendance supports for our schools and families.  Hartford Public Schools is receiving invaluable assistance from many of our community partners including Achieve Hartford, Hartford Communities that Care, Hartford Boys and Girls Clubs, Catholic Charities, Compass Youth Collaborative, Greater Hartford YMCA, Hartford Partnership for Student Success, MegaEducation, HART (Hartford Area Rallies Together) , The United Way, the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The City of Hartford, Department of Children & Families, the City of New Britain, and the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative.

Members of the organizations, gathered at Hartford Public Schools this week with Jamie Olander, Executive Director of Institutional Data, Sandra Ward, Director of Partners for Student Success, Jonathan Swan, Chief Portfolio Director, and Eddie Genao, who, as Chief of Early Literacy and Parent Engagement is helming the initiative.  This was the kick-off meeting for the Campaign for Grate Level Reading's Attendance Team.  The goals of the team include the formalization of mandatory Attendance Teams at every school to understand chronic absenteeism and to provide outreach and assistance to familes struggling with it.  The team will also study Hartford Public Schools will successful attendance rates and recommend best practices.  Hartford Public Schools will lead the effort to perfect absenteeism data and contact information in PowerSchool.
We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to help Hartford families remove chronic absenteeism as an impediment to their children's educational progress.

For more information, go to Hartford Public Schools' AttendanceMatters webpage.  The United Way, as part of the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading also collaborated with on an Attendance information and action page.



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