PPS recognizes the importance of attendance and its direct connection to student achievement. The school district is building a systematic approach to reduce chronic and severe absenteeism through both universal and preventative programs. This includes outreach that supports school and community staff in building relationships with diverse families, and intensive interventions for some of our highest needs students and families.
As a part of this work, PPS has joined the Communities Supporting Youth Collaborative led by All Hands Raised and Multnomah County’s SUN Service System. The collaborative is county-wide conversation about attendance and includes county support for attendance case managers at PPS as part of an innovative pilot with Oregon Department of Human Services that provides a self-sufficiency case worker in some of our schools.
Good Attendance – When a student’s attendance is above 94%; missing less than one day of school in a 20-day school time span.
Acceptable Attendance - Between 90% and 93.9%; missing less than two full days out of 20.
Chronic Attendance - Between 80% and 89.9%; missing between two and four full days out of 20, or two full days out of 10.
Severe Attendance - Below 80%; missing more than four full days out of 20 or more than two full days out of 10 days.
Day absence: Full day = missing 51% or more of the day, Half day = missing 25% to 50% of the day
10 Consecutive Days Absent Withdrawal
When a student has been absent for 10 consecutive days, the student must be withdrawn from the rolls. Some examples of students who must be withdrawn are: a student on a long-term medical leave, on maternity leave, on extended vacation, or taking early release at the end of the school year. A student who is absent and completing homework assignments must still be withdrawn according to state law.
In order for a student’s attendance to remain above 90%, that student should be missing less than two full school days each month.
Student A has gone from 66% attendance in 2015-16 to 86% attendance in 2016-17, which is amazing growth! Great JOB!!
This young man really struggled again this fall, but since the winter has been doing really well. He had 100% attendance in February and only missed two days in March because he got "that cold." Community engagement works! He has been participating in Playworks and volleyball especially and making new friends through those shared activities.
Hurrah for Education, Community and Creative Tools!