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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Student Absences May Spike Due to Low Vaccination Rates, Weaker Immunity
School leaders should brace for waves of respiratory infections this fall.

Sarah D. Sparks, August 30, 2022
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LaTosha Walker knocks on the door of a home where a student lives that has dropped out of school due to attendance records to talk to them about enrollment in Lowcountry Acceleration Academy in North Charleston on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
LaTosha Walker, an enrollment coach for Lowcountry Acceleration Academy, knocks on the door of the home of a student who dropped out of school in Charleston, S.C.
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College & Workforce Readiness 'Graduation Counselors' Go Door-to Door to Find Missing Students
On tree-lined streets and trailer parks, workers knock on doors to offer students a second chance at graduation.
Eesha Pendharkar, August 29, 2022
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School & District Management What the Research Says Teacher and Student Absenteeism Is Getting Worse
So says new federal survey data, suggesting schools should start now to get students reconnected by the fall.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 7, 2022
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Image of buses lined up with stop signs extended out.
Equity & Diversity Study Links Longer School Bus Rides to Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism rates are as high as 12 percent for students with long bus rides, researchers find.
Williamena Kwapo, June 16, 2022
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Woman sitting at a desk in front of a monitor showing a database of different types of charts.
Student Achievement With So Many Kids Struggling in School, Experts Call for Revamping 'Early Warning Systems'
A new collaborative says the indicators developed to flag students at risk of not graduating need an update for post-pandemic schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 18, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion How My School Is Fighting the Surge in Chronic Absenteeism
The pandemic has left more and more students disengaged from school. Culturally responsive school leadership can help.
Darin A. Thompson, April 20, 2022
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Image of students boarding a yellow school bus.
Families & the Community Students Need Help to Rebuild Attendance Habits. Here Are 3 Things Schools Can Do Now
A new resource guide offers ways schools can address barriers to school attendance after years of COVID-driven disruption.
Evie Blad, April 19, 2022
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Classroom without students. Empty desks
School & District Management Where Are All the Kids? 4 Things to Know About the Current Absenteeism Crisis
The pandemic has driven up the student absentee rate, but the issue has long bedeviled school leaders.
Mark Bomster, April 11, 2022
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Illustration of children approaching a canyon with a large hand reaching down to fill the gap with a missing puzzle piece.
School & District Management Chronic Absenteeism Spiked During COVID. Here's What Schools Can Do About It
Relationships are key to rebuilding attendance habits that eroded in the pandemic.
Evie Blad, April 8, 2022
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Image of a teacher and preschool students.
Early Childhood What the Research Says Early Education Pays Off. A New Study Shows How
Students from state-funded universal preschool, but not federal Head Start, took more-challenging courses in high school, a study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2022
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Student Well-Being Illinois Students Can Now Take Mental Health Days. Why Aren't More Doing It?
Experts and parents said the new policy is welcome for children after a taxing two years of learning amid a pandemic.
Olivia Olander, Chicago Tribune, March 18, 2022
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Madeline Negrón, the chief academic officer for the Hartford public schools, (left), and Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, the superintendent, in the Student Success Center at Hartford Public High School on Dec. 20, 2021.
Madeline Negrón, the chief academic officer for the Hartford public schools, left, and Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, the superintendent, launched the Student Success Center at Hartford Public High School to help students get back on track to graduate.
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From As Students, They Felt Disconnected. As Leaders, They Champion Equity
The superintendent and chief academic officer in Hartford, Conn., are creating a system that centers the needs of students and families.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 16, 2022
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Hannah Bouchard, a 2nd grade teacher at Platte Valley Elementary School, in her classroom in Kersey, Colo., on Feb. 4, 2022.
Hannah Bouchard, a 2nd grade teacher at Platte Valley Elementary School, in her classroom in Kersey, Colo., on Feb. 4, 2022.
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Student Achievement From Our Research Center Teachers Are Losing Hope That This Can Be a Catch-Up Year
Nearly two years into the pandemic, teachers are losing faith that they can lift students to grade-level work by the end of this year.
Catherine Gewertz, February 8, 2022
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