• The Importance of School Attendance

    Antioch Unified School District’s (AUSD) objective is for every student to attend every day on time.  To meet this objective, we have established the following goals:

    • Reduce chronic absenteeism to 5% of students at every school.
    • Ensure that 85% of students attend school 95% of school days annually.
    • Reach an annual daily attendance rate of 98% for AUSD.

    Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through the end of high school.  Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day.  It’s important that we all understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life (Attendance Works).  Currently 18.4% of AUSD students are chronically absent due to excused and unexcused absences.  The impact on academics and graduation rates is well documented.  The fiscal impact of low attendance can be devastating and impair the district’s ability to provide needed programs and resources to our students.  Students who attend school regularly do better academically and are more likely to establish work habits that help them succeed in life and work.  Studies show that children who miss just one day of school fall two days behind in their school work.  Students who are absent an average of 15 days a year, miss a year’s worth of school before their senior year, and students who miss 8 days or more each year are at risk of not graduating with their class.  Attendance is everyone’s responsibility.  Here’s how parents can support their student’s attendance:

    • Arrive to school and class on time.
    • Notify attendance office of student’s absence in a timely manner.
    • Plan family vacations during non-school days.
    • Try to schedule doctor appointments for your child after school hours.
    • Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable at school.
    • Help prevent child illnesses from spreading at school by getting your child vaccinated against flu and chicken pox.
    • When your child has a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the school day, bring him/her to school before the appointment.  The Antioch Unified School District receives full funding if a student attends for part of the day.

    AUSD is committed to reducing student absences regardless of the reason.  Students who attend school today, will succeed tomorrow!

    Attendance letter from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office - English     Spanish


    What do I do if my child is absent?

    • Upon return to school, make sure that your child has written documentation regarding his/her absence that is signed by one parent or guardian.
    • If make-up work is allowable, be sure to make arrangements with your child's teacher immediately, and work with your child to ensure he/she completes it within the designated timeframe as prescribed by the teacher.

    What do I do if I know my child is going to be absent 5 consecutive days or more?

    In some instances a student may have to miss school for 5 days to 3 weeks because of a family emergency or health condition.  In these cases, an administrator should meet with the guardian to determine if Independent Study is an option.

    If the administrator determines that Independent Study is an option, action must be taken to ensure the school completes the steps necessary to process the Independent Study contract.  When the contract is properly completed, the school receives ADA funding for students on Independent Study.

    How can Parents help with student attendance?

    • Plan vacations during non-school days.
    • Schedule your child's medical and dental appointments at the end of the school day.
    • Make sure they go to school every day unless they are ill.
    • Take an interest in your child's schoolwork.
    • If your child starts to miss school, speak to the school and let your child know he/she must attend.
    • If your child is ill, contact the school and explain the reason for the absence.

    What is a SART?

    The Student Attendance Review Team (SART) is a school team that works to improve the attendance of identified students and interrupt patterns of chronic absences and suspensions.  SART accepts referrals for screening and resolution of individual students’ irregular patterns of attendance and seeks to actively involve parents/guardians in resolving their child’s attendance problems.

    SART brings a strengths-based approach, and provides a setting where all participants work together to identify strategies that will improve the student’s attendance, addressing the needs of the whole child and the individual root causes of attendance issues.

    Depending on the anticipated needs of the student and parents/guardians, at least three of the following people should be in attendance at the SART meeting: Parent(s)/guardian(s), SART chairperson, Teacher(s), Counselor, Onsite Service provider, Psychologist, Resource Specialist, Attendance Clerk, School Nurse, Administrator, Outreach Consultant.

    What is an SST?

    Student Support Team (SST) is a school intervention team.  SST emphasis is early intervention for struggling students.  The SST is a school-based problem-solving team composed primarily of general educators who provide support to teachers to improve the quality of the general education program and reduce the underachievement of students.  The intervention team is a common sense approach that offers a systematic process to successfully close the gap through which students have traditionally fallen.  The SST has a vital role in creating a high achieving school as expressed in the following goals

    1. Enable teachers to teach students more effectively.
    2. Enable student to acquire academic and social competencies, achieve standards, become independent learners for life.
    3. Create a collaborative culture among all staff.

    The SST may address attendance matters if it deems necessary.

    What is the difference between an SST and a SART?

    SART focus is on a student’s attendance and suspensions.  SST is an early intervention for both teacher and student that could include attendance and suspensions concerns.

    What is a SARB?

    School Attendance Review Board (SARB).  SARB is a multidisciplinary team, composed of representatives from a broad array of youth and family service agencies.
    SARB objective is to help truant or intractable students and their parents or guardians solve school attendance and behavior problems through the use of available school and community resources.

  • Attendance Goals

    AUSD Attendance Goals

    1. Reduce chronic absenteeism to 5% of students at every school.
    2. Ensure that 85% of students attend school 95% of school days annually.
    3. Reach an annual daily attendance rate of 98% for AUSD by 2021.

    The objective of AUSD Attendance Intervention Program is to work with Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Principals to make the learning environment fun, exciting, and a desirable place for students attend, have fun, and enjoy.

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