What is the Attendance Messaging Project? (AMP)
The district, in cooperation with American Institutes for Research, is conducting a study to see whether sending text messages to parents/guardians of elementary school students can improve student attendance, known as the "Attendance Messaging Project." A variety of schools have been chosen to participate in this study. Chapman has a high percentage of absences for a variety of reasons. This includes voluntary absences, primarily due to travel and vacations, so we are included in this survey.
What does this study mean for my student? Participating in the study means that you may receive messages related to your child's attendance, even while they are traveling or on a pre-scheduled vacation. The messages will be sent to the parent/guardian, NOT the student. The timeline & basic info are found in the flyer below. Researchers are hoping to find a connection between text messaging & improved attendance in elementary school. Absences due to illness, hospitalization, or health exclusion remain excused, although a school health practitioner may reach out to check on your student's condition if they are frequently ill.
For more information, check out the "Informed Consent for Participation in the Study." If you don't mind participating in the study, no further action is required. If you decide not to participate, complete & return the opt-out form attached to the consent form.
Learn more about Portland Public Schools' attendance expectations here.
How do I tell the school when & why my child is absent?
Any absence that you do NOT report automatically registers as "unexcused." Fortunately, it's very easy to report absences:
Kindergartners @ the Ramona: Call 503-916-6296 24 hours a day to report when & why your child is missing school.
Grades 1-5 at Main Campus: Call 503-916-3619 24 hours a day to report when & why your student is absent.
Both sites: email email@example.com to report absences.
Did you know...if a student is 15 minutes late every day, at the end of a week they will have missed about an hour & 15 minutes of class? In a month, they will miss approximately 6 1/4 hours of instructional time. At the end of a year, they will have missed about 7 1/2 days of class altogether. (Assuming a 6 hour day and a 180 day school year.) Missing only 10% of school time (about 18 days) can make it harder for a student to learn to read.