AUSD Attendance Goals: 1) Reduce chronic absenteeism to 5% of students at every school. 2) Ensure that 85% of students attend school 95% of school days annually. 3) Reach an annual daily attendance rate of 98% for AUSD by 2021.
The objective of AUSD Attendance Intervention Program is to work with Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Principals to make the learning environment fun, exciting, and a desirable place for students attend, have fun, and enjoy.
What do I do if my child is absent?
- Upon return to school, make sure that your child has written documentation regarding his/her absence that is signed by one parent or guardian
- If make-up work is allowable, be sure to make arrangements with your child's teacher immediately, and work with your child to ensure he/she completes it within the designated timeframe as prescribed by the teacher
What do I do if I know my child is going to be absent 5 consecutive days or more?
In some instances a student may have to miss school for 5 days to 3 weeks because of a family emergency or health condition. In these cases, an administrator should meet with the guardian to determine if Independent Study is an option.
If the administrator determines that Independent Study is an option, action must be taken to ensure the school completes the steps necessary to process the Independent Study contract. When the contract is properly completed, the school receives ADA funding for students on Independent Study.
How can Parents help with student attendance?
- Plan vacations during non-school days
- Schedule your child’s medical and dental appointments at the end of the school day
- Make sure they go to school every day unless they are ill
- Take an interest in your child’s schoolwork
- If your child starts to miss school, speak to the school and let your child know he/she must attend
- If your child is ill, contact the school and explain the reason for the absence
What is a SART?
The Student Attendance Review Team (SART) is a school team that works to improve the attendance of identified students and interrupt patterns of chronic absences and suspensions. SART accepts referrals for screening and resolution of individual students’ irregular patterns of attendance and seeks to actively involve parents/guardians in resolving their child’s attendance problems.
SART brings a strengths-based approach, and provides a setting where all participants work together to identify strategies that will improve the student’s attendance, addressing the needs of the whole child and the individual root causes of attendance issues.
Depending on the anticipated needs of the student and parents/guardians, at least three of the following people should be in attendance at the SART meeting: Parent(s)/guardian(s), SART chairperson, Teacher(s), Counselor, Onsite Service provider, Psychologist, Resource specialist, Attendance Clerk, School nurse, Administrator, Outreach consultant.
What is an SST?
Student Support Team (SST) is a school intervention team. SST emphasis is early intervention for struggling students. The SST is a school-based problem-solving team composed primarily of general educators who provide support to teachers to improve the quality of the general education program and reduce the underachievement of students. The intervention team is a common sense approach that offers a systematic process to successfully close the gap through which students have traditionally fallen. The SST has a vital role in creating a high achieving school as expressed in the following goals: 1) enable teachers to teach students more effectively, 2) enable student to acquire academic and social competencies, achieve standards, become independent learners for life, and 3) create a collaborative culture among all staff.
The SST may address attendance matters if it deems necessary.
What is the difference between an SST and a SART?
SART focus is on a student’s attendance and suspensions. SST is an early intervention for both teacher and student that could include attendance and suspensions concerns.
What is a SARB?
School Attendance Review Board (SARB). SARB is a multidisciplinary team, composed of representatives from a broad array of youth and family service agencies.
SARB objective is to help truant or intractable students and their parents or guardians solve school attendance and behavior problems through the use of available school and community resources.