Schools are on the front lines in addressing issues of attendance and chronic absenteeism, so they need to be armed with the most powerful tools and resources that have been proven to work. But no two schools or communities are the same, so what works for one may not have the same effect in another. However, the Baltimore Attendance Collaborative believes in the sharing of successes and ideas to help practitioners adapt resources to meet their own schools’ needs.
The resources and tools below have been graciously shared by school staff across Baltimore City, highlighting what different approaches to chronic absence intervention can look like. These resources fall into the following categories:
- Videos highlighting successful attendance campaigns and actions,
- Tracking documents to help schools understand individual and school-wide attendance rates,
- Informational documents and flyers to help inform families why daily attendance is so important, and
- Engagement documents to encourage buy-in from students and teachers.
Questions about these resources and tools can be directed to the contributors themselves, as they are all credited to the Baltimore City Public School that submitted them.
We will continue to update this page as we learn of new tools, resources, and strategies that are working in Baltimore.
- Liberty Attendance Process (Liberty Elementary) – This chart shows how one school collaborates on attendance interventions and shares the steps and roles assigned to each intervention
- District of Columbia Public Schools Attendance Protocol – This brochure outlines District of Columbia Public Schools attendance policies and procedures.
Miscellaneous Tools and Resources
- Lakeland Attendance Pledge (Lakeland Elementary/Middle) – This oath is signed by all of the students at Lakeland to instill the importance of coming to school every day.
- Baltimore City Schools Attendance and Truancy Toolkit – This link provides a number of difference resources to schools to manage and improve attendance.
- Attendance Buddies Action Planning Worksheet (Attendance Works) – This planning guide walks a school team through the process of creating an attendance mentorship program.
- School-Wide Attendance Data Tracking Sheet (Lakeland Elementary/Middle) – This chart is used to compare attendance rates of different grade levels each month.
- School-Wide Perfect Attendance Data Tracking Sheet (Lakeland Elementary/Middle) – This chart is used to compare rates of perfect attendance at different grade levels each month and quarter
- My Child’s Attendance Calendar (It All Adds Up To Five) – This tool is meant for families to use at home to help track their child’s school absences.
- Never Late Nate (Wide Angle Youth Media)
- Community Attendance Poster (Wide Angle Youth Media)
- Attendance Poster (Wide Angle Youth Media)
- Lakeland March Madness Video (Lakeland Elementary) – This video features the students of Lakeland Elementary whose classes are competing in an innovative school-wide attendance challenged, modeled after basketball’s March Madness brackets.
- The Statisticks Lottery (Grade Level Reading – http://gradelevelreading.net/video-the-statisticks-lottery) — This video shows the inequities that arise between student outcomes, often depending on where they grow up, with an emphasis on differing attendance and educational opportunities.