CDE Launches New Effort to Combat Chronic Absenteeism

The California Department of Education (CDE) is teaming up with Attendance Works on an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism. They will offer a series of six webinars to help schools and districts learn how to reduce chronic absences. 

The first webinar, “Rising to the Challenge” takes place Wednesday, January 18 at 11 a.m.   

“The webinar series will feature local educational agencies (LEAs) that will provide examples of programs they have used to reduce chronic absenteeism, such as using peer support student ambassadors to help other students improve attendance and the Expanded Learning Programs in which schools add time to the calendar to help students who were chronically absent,” according to a news release.

“We have to recognize this has been a challenging two years, likely the toughest time these students will face in their lifetime,” said State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, who recently visited the homes of some chronically absent students. “We have seen serious issues around attendance affect every area throughout our state over the past year. Now it’s important we do everything in our power to get those students back in the classroom.”

The CDE also sent out resources and guidance for chronic absenteeism prevention to districts this week.