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ERIC Number: ED536529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Chronic Absenteeism in the Elementary Grades. Information Capsule. Volume 1009
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Although high rates of absenteeism at the secondary school level have long been recognized as a significant problem, low attendance in elementary schools is often overlooked. Research suggests that one in 10 students younger than grade three nationwide is considered chronically absent, defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year. This Information Capsule reviews the causes and consequences of early chronic absenteeism. In addition, research-based strategies for combating early chronic absenteeism are provided. Attendance rates at Miami-Dade County Public Schools' elementary schools are summarized and a brief description of a multidisciplinary truancy prevention and intervention pilot program operating in 10 of the District's schools is provided. Suggestions for elementary schools, based on the research reviewed for this paper, include starting interventions early, addressing parental barriers and challenges that inhibit consistent school attendance, coordinating with parents and community agencies to intervene on behalf of chronically absent students, and contacting parents as soon as troubling patterns of absences begin to appear. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida