The goal of the Vernon Public Schools is 96% daily attendance. Vernon is committed to working with families to achieve this goal.
Daily attendance is the foundation of student success. The Vernon Public Schools believe that a successful attendance program is predicated upon the development and implementation of a plan that defines a course of action, specific goals and outlined procedures. Vernon Public Schools have developed this comprehensive attendance plan to meet our goal of 96% daily attendance in all schools every day.
Goals and Objectives
- Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and truancy.
- Promote good school attendance by providing support to students who are absent and to ensure a successful school experience.
- To promote Family Engagement and Community Partnerships.
- To provide services and resources from the community to meet the needs of students who have a history of chronic absenteeism.
- Use of advanced data systems and processes to streamline efforts for monitoring and improving daily attendance.
- Create a working relationship with federal, state, city and community agencies to improve the attendance of all students.
- Use of interventions and supports to effectively meet the needs of all students.
Intensity of interventions will increase or decrease, as needed, to ensure all students have access to a support system. School counselors, Social and Family Liaison Workers and Support Staff will maintain documentation when interventions occur.
Tier 1 Interventions: Students missing less than 5% of school, 0-8 total days (Satisfactory)
Engaging school climate
Positive relationships with students and families
Impact of absences on achievement widely understood
Absence data monitored weekly
Good and * improved attendance recognized
Common barriers identified and addressed
Attendance letter(s) "A","B" mailed out at 3 and 6 total absences
Phone call home to parent at 6 total absences by teachers or representatives from their team
Tier 2 Interventions: Students missing between 5% and 9% of school, 9-17 total days (Warning signs)
Continued Interventions from Tier 1 and can include Tier III
Personalized early outreach, i.e. check-in, check-out system
Action plan addresses barriers and increases engagement
Caring mentors or adults in the building that the student connects with, i.e. Climate Specialists
Attendance letter “C” mailed out at 9 total absences
Attendance intervention meeting with the parent/guardian
Individual counseling with the student
Doctor notes now required with 10 absences or more per State Attendance Law (few exceptions)
Tier 3 Interventions: Students missing 10% or more of school 18+ total days (Chronic Absenteeism)
Continued Interventions from Tier 1 and 2 and can include Tier 4
Coordinated school and interagency response
a. CA students identified and “root problems” discussed at the school’s attendance team meetings
b. Attendance letter “D” mailed out at 2 unexcused absences in any 30 day period
c. Attendance letter “E” mailed out at 5 unexcused absences in any one school year
d. Additional parent /guardian meetings
e. Home visits by Social Worker and Truancy Counselors
Tier 4 Interventions: Students missing 20% or more of school 36+ total days (Habitual CA), and Truancy.
Continued interventions from Tier 1, 2 and 3
"Truant" letter sent at 10 unexcused absences in a school year or four unexcused absences in a month.
Coordinated school and interagency response to include outside resources
CA and/or Truant students are discussed at the school’s attendance team meetings and a determination can be made for the following options when all the above interventions have failed:
a. Habitual Chronic Absenteeism - a referral made to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
b. Habitual Truancy (20 unexcused absences) - a referral made to the Vernon Youth Services (VYS)
c. Juvenile Review Board (JRB) referral, if the Habitual Truant has conduct issues or referred by (VYS)
d. State Intervention (last resort) - A DCF ED136 referral for educational neglect.
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