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Geneva Head Start/Pre-K
Attendance Works Initiative
 Previously, the standards around attendance required all
programs to maintain an Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of
85%.
...
 Geneva Head Start/Pre-K has been tracking individual
student attendance for the past several years based on
data and rec...
 Staff discuss the importance of good attendance with parents
as early as the first meeting. All parents initial the atte...
 After a child begins program, we engage in regular contact
with parents through daily phone calls, text messages, and
em...
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Geneva Head Start - Presentation on Truancy / Absenteeism @ Success for Geneva's Children

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Geneva Head Start - Presentation on Truancy / Absenteeism @ Success for Geneva's Children

  1. 1. Geneva Head Start/Pre-K Attendance Works Initiative
  2. 2.  Previously, the standards around attendance required all programs to maintain an Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of 85%.  In the new Program Performance Standards, the National Office of Head Start (NHSA) requires:  Programs track each student’s individual attendance and strive for 90%.  Contact parents of all absent children within the first hour of program if they have not already been contacted by the parent.  Conduct a home visit if a student is absent two consecutive days with no parent communication. New Performance Standards
  3. 3.  Geneva Head Start/Pre-K has been tracking individual student attendance for the past several years based on data and recommendations from Attendance Works.  COPA (our new data management system) will improve our attendance tracking through:  A report based on the new standards that automatically generates lists of students who are approaching, or have already reached, 10% absenteeism.  Calculating missed instruction time (late arrivals/early dismissals) Attendance Tracking
  4. 4.  Staff discuss the importance of good attendance with parents as early as the first meeting. All parents initial the attendance clause included in their enrollment contract.  Throughout the year and during any follow-up with parents, we share data around attendance and use parent messaging resources from Attendance Works with individual families and on our Facebook page. Consistent Parent Education
  5. 5.  After a child begins program, we engage in regular contact with parents through daily phone calls, text messages, and email. Attendance reports with notes are sent to parents as soon as we begin to see concerning patterns.  Contracts are established if a student’s absences continue after we have reached out to the family, offered support, and attempted to problem-solve.  Students and parents are recognized monthly and receive prizes for perfect attendance. Follow-up

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