1 In 5 Students Persistently Absent
Trillium Lakelands District School Board says 1 in 5 students are considered persistently absent. According to data from 2016-2017 data from the Ministry of Education, the provincial average is 1 in 7.
The goal for TLDSB is to reduce persistent absences which will lead to a reduced level of students dropping out of school.
The board’s response includes three key ingredients. The first is directed to leadership in schools, where a school wide culture of attendance and support is implemented to help parents and students understand how late arrivals and absences can lead to a student falling behind. The second ingredient is the improved response where school administration work to set goals and monitor student attendance progress. And the third is a school attendance campaign called “I’m Here” where parents and community partners are engaged as partners in student attendance.
The I’m Here campaign includes distribution of an attendance management guidebook, having the campaign showcased at school open houses, the development of an online database dashboard to help guide attendance plans, and school staff adopting a triage approach to attendance.