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First Book is proud to partner with the experts at Attendance Works to provide these FREE resources to help you promote satisfactory attendance and combat chronic absenteeism in your school or program.

Attendance is essential to school success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences—excused and unexcused—can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence—missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. Download and use these materials to help students and families make attendance a priority!



Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. Their goal is to ensure that every district tracks chronic absence data beginning in kindergarten or preschool, and and to partner with families and community agencies to intervene when attendance is a problem for children or particular schools.


Resources to Help Educators Engage Families

Getting in Touch with Hard-to-Reach Parents Quick Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences
What to Say to Families of Elementary Students           A Step-By-Step Guide to Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
What to Say to Families of Teens Promoting Attendance Through One-on-One Communications


Resources to Share with Families

Attendance Flyers for Parents: Student Attendance Success Plans:
When is Sick Too Sick for School (in English or Spanish) Perfectly Punctual Scorecard (in both English and Spanish)
Parent Pledge Card Customizable Attendance Certificate


Supporting Attendance in the Winter Months

Educator Resource: Stay the Course: Support Attendance in the Winter Months
Parent Handout: Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long (in English or Spanish)



First Book Recommends: Additional Ideas To Help Reduce Absences

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