Attendance and Reengagement

NEWESD 101’s Attendance & Reengagement Program aims to reduce chronic absenteeism and help reconnect students and families who have become disconnected from school. Exacerbated by the pandemic, students and families have become disengaged from their education at unprecedented levels. To help school districts address this, we provide technical assistance and capacity building to establish and strengthen attendance and engagement systems that will keep students engaged long term. For targeted school districts, our reengagement specialists provide Tier 3 level supports to work with students experiencing severe chronic absence or who have been withdrawn from school.  

Services & Supports Offered to Districts

 Available to All Districts:  For Priority & Targeted Districts:
 
  • Attendance Awareness Campaign tools and social media content to support districts in building awareness among students & families of the value of regular attendance 
  • Professional Development for teachers or administrators on key topics such as Community Engagement Boards, setting up attendance teams, creating or improving early warning systems

  • Coaching to assist with integrating attendance & reengagement into the work of an existing school team, or establishing a new team to implement a school-wide attendance strategy

  • Reengagement Specialist able to support individual students and families to identify and overcome barriers to attendance and/or connect to alterative educational pathways
  • Professional Development Series offered by OSPI and facilitated by Attendance Works for district and building-level staff

  • District Peer Learning Network focused on creating & implementing a multi-tiered approach to attendance

 

Join the 2022 Attendance Awareness Campaign!

This targeted communication campaign is designed to support school districts and building administrators to increase awareness of the value of regular attendance for students and families in your district. Check out the editable Canva templates and social media messages prepared by the ESD network and OSPI here under “2022 Washington Attendance Awareness Toolkit”. You can also access ready-to-post content from the Attendance Works Awareness Campaign 2022. We want all students in our region to know that we are thrilled to see them at school and we miss them when they’re gone!

To schedule a meeting to talk about how to launch a campaign in your school or district, or how to create an attendance awareness communication plan for your district or building, email Allyson Fritz, Attendance & Reengagement Coordinator, at [email protected].

 

Looking for resources you can use in your school or district to build engagement and reduce chronic absences? Check out these sites:

 

To learn more or discuss partnering, contact:

Allyson Fritz, MSW, Attendance & Reengagement Coordinator
509-340-7815
[email protected]

Terrance Nixon, Open Doors Program Director
509-340-7812
[email protected]

Mick Miller, Assistant Superintendent, NEWESD 101
509-789-3539
[email protected]

NEWESD can support districts in creating & implementing a Tiered Approach to Attendance:

Tiered Approach to Attendance