To help meet the district goal of decreasing chronic absenteeism by 7% by 2022, the Student Engagement Specialist (SES) team works with district and school attendance teams to ensure that attendance policies and procedures are followed. On a more personal level, they also collaborate with office staff to transition late students – who are also more likely to be absent — and families upon arrival. The SES approach also involves identifying root causes for chronic absenteeism to address underlying issues with specific interventions. A student might not come to school because of suspensions and behavioral issues rooted in their overall social-emotional well-being. In that case, the student might be paired with an adult mentor –- a volunteer or community partner — who can meet with the student daily and talk about setting both behavioral and academic goals

 

Find your student’s Student Engagement Specialist below:

 

School

Student Engagement Specialist

 

 

Bulkeley High School

 

 

Brandon Elvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burns School & SAND School

 

 

 

 

 

Burr Middle School

 

 

Gelly Segura

 

 

Dwight Bellizzi School

 

 

Rocio Heredia

 

 

 

Hartford Public High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance Case Manager

 

 

 

Irma Olave
 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Savage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Lombardo

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School  
 

 

 

McDonough Middle School

 

 

 

Ashley Jackson

 

 

 

Milner Middle School

 

 

 

Nydia Roman

 

 

District & Rawson School

 

 

Kimberly Gordon

SAND School  
 

 

 

Wish Museum School

 

 

 

Edward Brown

 

 

Weaver High School

 

 

Isaiah Jacobs

Promoting Positive Culture

 

Beyond what they do in schools during the day to address absences, the SES staff also organize positive student engagement activities. Recent examples include pancake breakfasts or ice cream socials to celebrate students who have perfect attendance. “What we want to do also is encourage more activities where we bring parents in for an attendance celebration — activities to support building community, a culture of attendance within schools,” she said.

To dig deeper into the sources of student disengagement, the SES team plans to conduct focus groups with students, staff, and parents. A particularly innovative idea they are looking ahead to is organizing “Culture Walks” – or tours of schools to develop ideas to make campuses more welcoming.