School Attendance

Attendance Projects

During 2010 – 2015 dollars were allocated to support school divisions in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices to improve school attendance.

Through an application process school divisions were chosen to receive a grant over each of two years. Each school division was assigned a Manitoba Education and Training consultant to support their initiative.

Each school division created a plan to improve attendance at one or more of the schools in their division. The plan focused on data collection and implementation of strategies that support improvement of daily attendance. The range of strategies to improve attendance include, relationship building, engagement, incentives, student voice, academic support and parental/community involvement.

An Attendance Fair profiled the experiences and findings of projects in March 2013. For more information on these Attendance Projects go to Attendance Fair.

The Attendance projects have been a valuable experience for the schools. Considering all the projects in all the school divisions some of our general learning to date:

  • Schools need accurate daily attendance data to make good decisions on what interventions will work in their community.
  • Schools can start by using school-wide proactive strategies to improve attendance, such as incentives, positive school culture and building relationships, and then focus on the more intensive interventions.
  • Schools should analyze the attendance patterns of their K to 8 students. Attendance patterns where students are missing 2 to 5 days per month are of concern.
  • Go public and show the parents and the community that having students in school every day is important.
  • Have a clear target group for the attendance project and review the attendance data regularly.
  • Build your attendance initiative into your school plan.

School divisions in Manitoba received a grant to improve school attendance. The projects are unique to the needs of each of the schools and community and intended to serve as models for other schools.