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Vernon Public Schools Attendance -- Everybody in School Everyday
Tiered Attendance Intervention Pyramid Vernon PS

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

  1. Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and truancy.
  2. Promote good school attendance by providing support to students who are absent and to ensure a successful school experience.
  3. To promote Family Engagement and Community Partnerships.
  4. To provide services and resources from the community to meet the needs of students who have a history of chronic absenteeism.
  5. Use of advanced data systems and processes to streamline efforts for monitoring and improving daily attendance.
  6. Create a working relationship with federal, state, city and community agencies to improve the attendance of all students.
  7. Use of interventions and supports to effectively meet the needs of all students.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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.

CONTACT

Robert Testa   |   rtesta@vernon-ct.gov   |   (860) 896-4676

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