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Schoolwide Attendance Plan

School Name

Park Springs ES (3171)

School Year

2018 - 2019



Data for 2017 - 2018 (Last year)



Chronic Absenteeism
(10% or More Days)

Excessive Absences
(21 Days or More)

Grade Level

Total Number






Purpose of Plan

  1. Describe where the school is currently, using quantitative data. Include other data if needed, cite the source of the data, (e.g. Data Warehouse)

  2. Describe where the school wants to be (use precise data points), be specific and simply state what you plan to do, using the SMART guidelines in writing your goal statement.


Strategies To Be Implemented

Describe each strategy and include benchmarks/data points per quarter.

2: Goals for the Attendance Plan

Goals for the Attendance Plan

  1. A school's response for this section should be in SMART format for improving attendance for each category reported in the data tables.
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic/Rewarding
    • Timely
  2. Address early grades at your school level (K & 1, 6th Grade, 9th Grade). Analyze school-wide data to determine needs at grade levels and times of year when challenges occur more often.

School attendance data are provided reporting percent of students with satisfactory attendance, at-risk attendance, chronic absenteeism, and severe chronic absenteeism. The two-year trend allows for comparison of attendance over time and an indication of how strategies implemented to improve attendance are working.

Attendance CategoryPercent of days missedLevels of strategies and Interventions
Satisfactory Attendance0 - 4.99Tier 1
At-Risk Attendance5.0 - 9.99Tier 1 and 2
Chronic Absenteeism10.0 - 19.99Tier 1, 2, and 3
Severe Chronic Absenteeism20.0% or higherTier 1, 2, and 3

For the 2017-2018 school year, there was 2.36% decrease in Satsifactory attendance and 0.32% increase in At-Risk attendance from the previous school year. The goal for the 2018-2019 school year is decrease the percentage of chronic absences and to increase the percentage of students with Satisfactory attendance by 2.57% to obtain a Satisfactory attendance of 61.5%.  This will be done by monitoring attendance data quarterly, addressing attendance concerns,  promoting parent involvement, and continuing to develop a positive school culture.  



2: Tier 1 Strategies for Attendance

Tier 1 Strategies for Attendance

Tier 1 Strategies for Attendance - Address all five core ingredients. Tier 1 is aimed at 100% of students, parents, school staff, and community stakeholders. This is where you cast a wide net. Strategies are general to reach the largest audiences and include all employees and stakeholders.

Tiered plans will include strategies and interventions for the 5 core ingredients.

  • Monitor Data
  • Engage Students and Families
  • Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
  • Provide Personalized Outreach
  • Remove Barriers

A. Monitor Data
* The administrator responisble for school attendance will ensure that all teachers have completed the Brainshark for taking classroom attendance at the 
elementary level (K-5).  Then administrator should maintain a record of teachers that have completed the training.
* Monitoring attendance-taking procedures will take place weekly by the Attendance Clerk and as requested by administration.
* Twice each quarter, school counselors will monitor BASIS and Data Warehouse to set goals for students in the school-wide recognitions.
* At the beginning of each month, the administrative team will request from the IMT to provide a report of current year attendance categories to monitor improvement and steer the direction of attendance initiatives.

B. Engage Students and Families
* School staff will be encouraged to reach out to parents by phone or email to remind parents about the importance of attendance in the early grades.
* Principal will provide monthly updates via Parentlink and PTSA meetings regarding Average Daily Attendance and the Chronic Absenteeism categories, celebrating the students that are attending 95% or more.
* Front office staff will meet each month to discuss customer service responsibilities and adapt procedures for ensuring a welcoming environment when visitors enter the front office (students, parents, guests, district, and staff).
* School Twitter account will follow and re-Tweet relevant messages about attendance for our stakeholders, messages on the school website will be positive and supportive.
* The attendance Phone line will be checked and cleared daily by the attendance clerk.

C. Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
* The adminstrator responsible for attendance will ensure that students have opportunities to participate in District-wide Attendance recognition events (certificates, Miami Heat games, Florida Panthers, Miami Marlins, etc.)
* School-based attendance recognition events will occur throughout the school year.  These will include quarterly certificates and school-based attendance recognition and may be combined with honor roll assemblies.

D. Provide Personalized Outreach
* School staff will host a transition meeting for students moving from Pre-K into Kindergarten (Kindergarten Roundup). Families will meet the team of teachers, tour the school, and learn about the importance of regular attendance for their child's academic success through their senior year.
* Attendance will be included on all student report cards.
* Integrate information about chronic absences into parent programs and communication throughout the school year.
* Administration and Support staff welcome Car riders every morning at carline with a smile, sometimes playing music on Mondays and Fridays.

E.  Remove barriers
* The school provides free breakfast for all students, every school day.
* A bike rack enclosed in a locked gate is available for students that arrive by bicycle.  The rack is locked after school begins and is unlocked at dismissal and is monitored by staff during and after school.
* The community liaison from Family and Community Engagement will host parent nights throughout the year to inform parents about services, programs, and district policies.

* Teachers communicate with parents if there is an attendance concern. Teachers will document attendance concerns on conference forms.
* Post FAQ's about attendance on school website.
* Hang attendance counts banner visible to parents and students. 
* BTIP Coordinator will monitor students accruing multiple absences.
* Teachers will comminucate all attendance concerns with administration during data chats.



2: Tier 2 Strategies and Interventions to Improve Attendance

Tier 2 Strategies and Interventions to Improve Attendance

Tier 2 Strategies and Interventions to Improve Attendance - Address all five core ingredients. Tier 2 identifies students using early warning indicators to make connections with students and families at the onset of the school year or emergence of patterns of non-attendance. Early warning indicators include prior year chronic absenteeism, 3 or more absences in the first 4 weeks of enrollment, more than 10% of school days absent in any time period from the beginning of enrollment.

- Tier 2 represents between 10-20% of students at all schools in Broward County. This is true at individual schools and across the District.

- Chronic Absenteeism: Absent for 10% or more school days. These absences include excused, unexcused, and suspensions as days of instruction missed.

Tiered plans will include strategies and interventions for the 5 core ingredients.

  • Monitor Data
  • Engage Students and Families
  • Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
  • Provide Personalized Outreach
  • Remove Barriers

A. Monitor Data
* Each week, the leadership team will review the non-attendance report from Opti-spool during leadership meetings.  Students will be identified, and teachers will be notified which of their students might be at-risk.
* Weekly, using Basis, the leadership team will identify students that have enough absences to be considered chronically absent.
* Teachers will monitor attencance using Pinnacle and BASIS and consult with support staff for help in redirecting absenteeism behavior.
* School Counselors will monitor attendance with the leadership team to help identify students that may have a need for more wrap-around services.

B. Engage Students and Families
* Schools counseors, as part of the leadership team and support, will reach out by phone to speak with the parents of chronically absent students to identify if any support is needed for the family.
* If needed, parents and students will work with the school counselor or social worker to develop any personalized "Student Success Plan for Attendance" to make sure the child doesn't miss too many days and get back on track with good attendance.  There is a correlation between good attendance and good academic performance.
* Staff will help identify any family needs and connect the family with services (food pantry, clothing assistance, literacy programs, transportation).

* Teacher will conference with parents and discuss attendance concerns and the negative impact it has on the student's academics. 
* Phone calls will be made by the BTIP coordinator.
*Teachers will communicate with the School Social Worker to address attendance concerns with families, in order to give additional support for teachers that have made previous contact with the families.  Teachers should make several attempts to contact the family to discuss attendance, before it is communicated with the School Social Worker.  If absences continue after several attempts to have the students attend school consistently, the School social Worker will contact the family by phone or home visit.
* At this time, school may require families to submit a doctors note with all absences, in order for them to be excused.

C. Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
* We will work with students and families to set attendance goals and time frames that are attainable to help improve attendance for at-risk or chronically absent students.
* Recognize these students routinely for good and improved attendance.  Positive reinforcement and trusting relationships with staff improve attendance.

D. Provide Personlized Outreach
* Our school will utilize "Attendance Buddies."  Voluntary teachers and Support staff partner with at-risk students to form relationships that encourage better attendance.   
*Parent-teacher conferences with support staff will be scheduled to discuss absences and challenges to identify barriers we may be able to assist with.

E.  Remove Barriers
* Involve public agencies, community partners, and FACE department as needed to address barriers identified through parent conferences, communication with families, and other sources.
*  Involve the school nurse when necessary to follow-up on medically realted absences and train staff to recognize signs of illness.
* Connect families with the school social worker to provide insight as to the role of a school social worker, establish a relationship, and provide clinical support and services.




2: Tier 3 Interventions

Tier 3 Interventions

Tier 3 Interventions - Address all five core ingredients. Tier 3 is the highest level of intervention and support for students that are absent 20% or more school days during the year.

- At most schools, Tier 3 interventions are utilized for about 5% (or less) of the student population.

Tiered plans will include strategies and interventions for the 5 core ingredients.

  • Monitor Data
  • Engage Students and Families
  • Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
  • Provide Personalized Outreach
  • Remove Barriers

A. Monitor Data
 Identify students with a history of severe chronic absenteeism (missing more than 20% of a school year).
* Leadership team will monitor the non-attendance report Pinnacle, data from BASIS to identify students that are missing too many school days.
* Attendance data is one of the main metrics brought to discussion for Collaborative Problem-Solving Team (CPST) and RTI. Attendance data may help uncover bigger issues the student or family are experiencing.

B. Engage Students and Families
* Refer students to approriate service agencies (social services, human resources, counseling, housing, the HEART team for homeless education, or health services).
* Share data with the appropriate agencies and ensure that agencies are using chronic absence as an indicator for assisting families.
* Utilize best practices from schools within the District that have been able to decrease chronic absences and increase satisfactory attendance.
* The BTIP may initiate truancy letters to hold 5-day or 10-day meetings with parents, principal (or designee), district, and State's Attorney's office.
* If a student has 10 or more unexcused absences, an off campus meeting with the District Attorney's office will be scheduled by the district.  The School Social Worker, BTIP Coordinator, and a School Administrator will also be in attendance.
* An attendance contract will be signed.
* Teachers will continue to communicate and document attendance concerns with families.
*  A meeting will be set up with teacher, family, Principal, and other Support Staff to discuss the attendance concerns.
* Files may be charged at this time with the State Attorney's office for Truancy.

C. Recognize Good and Improved Attendance
* For the students at Tier 3, appropriate positive reinforcements will be included in their "Attendance Success Plan" to support continued improved attendance.  This plann will be developed with the parents, school counselor, and school social worker.  Plans and goals will be shared with the child's teacher.
* Tangible and reasonable incentives may be utilized to help students and parents improve attendance.

D. Provide Personalized Outreach
Ensure continued positive and regular contact with the family.
* Check in on "Attendance Success Plans" and communicate with parents at regular intervals.  If the plan is not referenced regularly with positive reinforcement, the plan is not being supported.
* Consult with the school social worker as a resource for helping families with attendance problems.
* When the student misses school, ensure the assigned personnel is follwoing up on each absence.

E. Remove Barriers
Implement agreed upon family intervention plan, and monitor for progress.
* Connect students with chronic physical and mental health issues to medical providers.
* For cases of suspected abuse, neglect or endangerment, contact the appropriate agencies to report.