TitanUp! Attendance - We Care if You Are There
In the Lorain City Schools, the start of each school year presents an important opportunity to improve an increasingly urgent issue: too many children missing too many days of school. More than 1/4 of our students are chronically absent — missing nearly a month or more of school every year.
Why is this an issue?
Children who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades.
By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that a student will not graduate on time.
This is especially true for those students living in poverty who need school the most and are sometimes attending the least.
The good news?
Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when our schools, families and community partners work together.
In the Lorain City Schools, we believe that improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment and collaboration by schools, families, businesses, and the community itself. Everyone has an important role to play.
Through the TitanUp! Attendance campaign, the following key strategies will be used to reduce chronic absence:
Recognize good and improved attendance
Students respond better to positive messaging, concrete rewards and peer pressure than they do to lectures from parents and teachers. If you are a community organization which would like to help provide incentives and rewards, please contact us at email@example.com
Engage students and parents
The TitanUp! Attendance campaign emphasizes that we care if students are there in class on time, every day, all day. Students with good attendance do better in school and increase their opportunities for succeeding in college and careers. This is something we all want for the students and families we serve.
Monitor attendance data and practice
Examining attendance data reveals important trends and triggers that can affect student outcomes. Teachers, principals, and staff members closely track attendance information to focus resources where they are needed most.
Provide personalized early outreach
Beginning in early August, Lorain Schools staff members have reached out to students with a history of chronic absences to build relationships and help eliminate barriers to the student’s ability to attend school each day. Are you a student or family which needs help? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Develop programmatic response to barriers
Through personal home visits, surveys, and perosnal telephone calls, the Lorain City School District is gathering data about the most common barriers to good attendance. Together, we will be developing solutions to help increase attendance district-wide.
Want to know how you can help ensure children attend school regularly? Click on the links at left to get started today!
Lorain City Schools Start and End Times
Lorain High School
7:25 am - 2:15 pm
8:50 am - 3:30 pm
Frank Jacinto, Garfeld, Hawthorne, Larkmoor, Toni Morrison, and Washington
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Admiral King, Helen Steiner Rice, Palm, and Stevan Dohanos
8:40 am - 3:10 pm
How Many Missed Days is Too Many?
9 or Fewer Absences
The goal is to have your child in school on time, every day, all day.
10 to 17 Absences
Your child is missing important school time and could be falling behind. It becomes harder and harder to keep up.
18 or More Absences
When your child misses nearly a month of school, it’s very hard to make up what is missed. We’re here to help you before it gets to this point.