The success of the Socorro ISD is directly related the level of confidence and support of the community at-large. This remains true with working to ensure our students are in school every day. Below please find ways you can help. Click on each link to find specific tips for students, teachers, parents, administrators, business and community members, and school staff can help. At the end of each list is a link to a flyer that can be printed and posted/shared.
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Simple Ways Teachers Can Help Improve Attendance
- Make students and their families feel welcome. Greet them when they arrive and post signs in their native languages.
- Let students know when they are not in school, they are missed. Talk to them about why they were gone, and if there is anything you or the school can do to help.
- When a student is absent, immediately talk to a family member by personal phone call during the day or evening.
- Create an environment of mutual respect in which students are comfortable speaking up.
- Make assignments and schedule tests on Mondays and Fridays to encourage attendance on those days.
- Seek referrals to other agencies or district support when students face challenging family problems.
- Provide high expectations for all students. Help them focus on their strengths, and challenge all children to work to their full potential.
- Create learning opportunities for students to work together-either during whole-group or small-group lessons, or with peer tutoring. Research indicates that this encourages students' motivation and engagement.
- Incorporate subjects, such as student behavior, rights and responsibilities into the curriculum.
- Give responsible roles to "difficult" students to redirect their energies in positive ways and provide different forums for students to identify ways to increase attendance.
- Re-engage students through mentoring.
Simple Ways Parents Can Help Improve Attendance
- Get your child to school on time, every day, and make sure homework assignments are completed on time.
- Absences due to car trouble, a late bus, and bad weather are considered Unexcused and will go on your child's permanent record.
- Extended vacations, long weekends, and frequent doctor appointments scheduled during school hours will cause your child to fall behind in class.
- Being in school every day raises your child's chances for scoring well on important tests throughout the year.
- Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting excused absences in a timely manner.
- Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.
- Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him/her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, and strengthen the immune system.
- Read all information sent home by the school. Post important dates on a family bulletin board or on the refrigerator.
- Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Prepare lunches, pack school bags, and lay out clothing the night before.
- Monitor your child's attendance through the parent portal.
Simple Ways Administrators Can Help Improve Attendance
- Make the school a place where parents and students feel welcome and want to be.
- Be clear with your students and let them know at the beginning of the year that attendance is very important.
- Teachers, principals and other school staff should set a good example and try to avoid taking sick leave or vacation days as much as possible.
- Meet with parents at the beginning of the school year to let them know how important attendance is. If the attendance problem is extreme, you can require parents to call the school secretary as soon as a child is absent.
- Make sure the entire school has the same policy regarding absences. It is very confusing for students when one teacher is very lax and does not mind absences and another teacher is very strict.
- Give out monthly awards to students who were never absent that month. Even making mention that a student has not been absent since the beginning of the year when calling roll or reading the morning announcements can make an impact.
- Talk to students about why they were gone and let them know they were missed. If students start slacking off with school attendance, deal with the problem right away.
- Find out underlying reasons for poor attendance, so you can deal with the real problem.
- For example, is there a bully students are scared of? Is there a very strict teacher students are trying to avoid?
- Forge a relationship with local businesses so that they cooperate in encouraging students to go to school and not congregate at businesses during school hours.
- Ask community organizations to sign a pledge around the campaign theme.
- Work with the faith community to make parents aware of the importance of attendance and what the law requires.
- Host special Attendance events.
Simple Ways Businesses & Community Can Help Improve Attendance
- Support business practices that encourage school attendance and completion.
- Make school enrollment a condition of employment for teens.
- Provide recognition or incentives for parents whose children have a certain attendance rate. One community pays $100/month of rent in public housing.
- Limit employee student work schedules to 10:00 p.m. on school nights.
- Request to see report cards, progress notes, etc.
- Allow adult employees to attend school/teacher conferences without penalty.
- Participate in outreach efforts such as neighborhood walks and phone banks/telethons to improve attendance and recover dropouts.
- Establish, solicit for and award college scholarships for good attendance and grades.
- Establish college trust funds and match contributions.
- Establish internships and other school-to-work opportunities.
- Coordinate with neighborhood associations to identify places students congregate during school hours. Recruit block captains who will monitor specific sites, apartment buildings, etc.
- Put up “Make it Count” attendance posters identifying your business as a partner in SISD’s attendance campaign (these posters can be downloaded from our website).
Simple Ways School Staff Can Help Improve Attendance
- Take attendance every class period.
- Notify parents of student absences in a timely manner.
- Follow-up on uncleared absences.
- Work with parents of students with “poor” attendance and refer them to resources such as CIS and school counselors.
- Put together a team of appropriate staff members to assist students to improve attendance.
- Establish protocols for early identification, support for and tracking of “at risk” students.
- Implement alternative learning opportunities with flexible schedules and expanded hours.
- Actively engage all stakeholder groups: parents, students and families, businesses, social service agencies, higher education and faith-based organizations.
- Conduct annual transcript audits to monitor students for on-time graduation.
- Evaluate programs and services for outcomes and impact.
- Communicate in different venues with parents who can’t read or can only speak Spanish.