Effective July 1, 2018, all schools receiving public money must pay special attention to chronic absences. Chronic absence is when a student misses 10% or more of days in a school year.
First, all such schools must collect and review their chronic absence data.
Second, the school must use the data to find what support systems it needs to promote daily attendance. These systems should work closely with absent students and their families.
Third, the school has to provide help for students who are at risk of reaching or exceeding chronic absence levels. Every school must make resources available to support students to attend school more regularly. Different schools may use different strategies to do this.
Updated: December 2017