COVID-19 has shifted the landscape for attendance, and due to the pandemic, the Attendance Awareness Poster Contest is currently on hold.

“Although schools have launched a new academic year, almost everyone is still coping with stress and/or trauma. Responding to absences with positive problem-solving rather than blame or punishment is more urgent than ever before. What improves attendance is partnering with students and families to identify and address the root causes that lead students to miss school in the first place, whether absences are connected to a lack of digital resources, negative experiences in school or a lack of engagement.” — Attendance Works

Read a blog from Attendance Works to learn more about why a positive problem-solving approach is essential to improving outcomes and reducing educational inequities.

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