School Attendance

Resources for Educators

  1. National Center for School Engagement (NCSE). Tool Kit for Creating your Own Truancy Reduction Program Adobe PDF Document
    This document provides research on truancy and details of best practices in truancy reduction.
  2. Nauer, K.; White, A.; Yerneni, R.; (2008).  Strengthening Schools by Strengthening Families Adobe PDF Document
    This document provides community strategies that reduce chronic absenteeism in early grades and improve supports for children and families.
  3. Alberta Education Student Engagement and Attendance Adobe PDF Document
    This document incorporates best practices when tackling attendance issues and student engagement in your school along with examples of good models.
  4. Attendance Works
    Attendance Works is a United States national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.
  5. Increasing School Attendance for K-8 (March 2007) Adobe PDF Document
    A review of research examining the effectiveness of truancy prevention programs.
  6. Ideas for school-wide incentives Adobe PDF Document
  7. Truancy and Excessive Absenteeism: A Best Practice Manual for Schools
  8. Better Practice in School Attendance – Improving the School Attendance of Indigenous Students (2000). Monash University, Australia
    This document provides research on attendance issues in Australia, along with recommendations and for schools to improve student attendance. Brief descriptions of programs are provided.
  9. National Dropout Prevention Center
    Provides ideas on school/community collaboration
  10. National Center for Student Engagement
    Provides a wide-range of information to improve engagement and attendance
  11. Christopher A, Kearney
    Dr. Kearney is a renowned educator that specializes in absenteeism and school refusal.
  12. Using Data to Improve Student Achievement (August 2008). Ontario Education Adobe PDF Document
    This document provides a brief explanation of the steps to follow when using data to make school decisions.
  13. Neild, Ruth C. (2009) Falling Off Track During the Transition to High School: What We Know and What Can Be Done
  14. Tilleczek, K. & Ferguson, B. (2007). Transitions and Pathways from Elementary to Secondary School: A Review of Selected Literature. Ontario Ministry of Education Adobe PDF Document
  15. Ashton, R. (20080. Guidelines on Transition to High School. Adobe PDF Document
  16. Smink, D. Ed. & Reimer, M.S. (2005). Fifteen Effective Strategies for Improving Student Attendance and Truancy Prevention. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Adobe PDF Document
  17. Truancy Prevention. National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention


Resources for Parents

  1. Manitoba Parent Zone
  2. Parent Child Coalitions
  3. Healthy Schools – Information on a number of health topics that might be useful to parents
  4. Epstein, J. L.; Sheldon, S. B. (2002). Present and Accounted for: Improving Student Attendance Through Family and Community Involvement. Adobe PDF Document
    The Journal of Educational Research May/June 2002 Vol. 95(No. 5) p. 308-318. Explores how families and communities can reduce absenteeism.
  5. MAPC Manitoba Association of Parent Councils
    The Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC) is an organization of school based parent groups throughout Manitoba. Most of those members are Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), Parent Councils, Advisory Councils for School Leadership (ACSL), and other parent committees from individual schools as well as individual members who do not currently participate in an active parent group in their community.
  6. National Center for School Engagement (NCSE). Tool Kit for Creating your Own Truancy Reduction Program. Adobe PDF Document
    This document provides research on truancy and details of best practices in truancy reduction.
  7. Alberta Education Student Engagement and Attendance Adobe PDF Document
    Incorporates best practices when tackling attendance issues and student engagement in your school along with examples of good models
  8. Video
  9. Triple P: The Positive Parenting Program
  10. Why Attendance Matters
  11. Attendance Works
    Attendance Works is a United States national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.
  12. A Parents’ Guide to Truancy
    Explores how families and communities can reduce absenteeism
  13. Strengthening Schools by Strengthening Families – Community Strategies to Reverse Chronic Absenteeism in Early Grades and improve Supports foe Children and Families. (October 2008) Adobe PDF Document
  14. Attendance Improvement Package Adobe PDF Document
    Department of Education and Children’s Services, Government of South Australia (2003)
  15. After the School Bell Rings
  16. Recreation Connections Manitoba
    Information on this site about the High Five Program
  17. Crisis Services
    Klinic Crisis Line, Manitoba Suicide Line, Kids Help Phone, Crisis Services
  18. Directory of Youth Addictions Services in Manitoba
  19. Saskatchewan Prevention Institute
    The Prevention Institute promotes primary prevention by focusing on education, information services, research and evaluation, special projects, community capacity exchange and communications. They have a Scared Children Resource Kit focused on Aboriginal Parents
  20. Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
    FRP Canada promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources
    to those who care for children and support families


Resources for Students

  1. The Canadian Press (2006). Truant teens risk losing driver’s license.
  2. You-Tube Videos:
    1. Student Raps
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1cQamomEMU&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNv-t7x5oEU&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwZQzOfeYhI&feature=related
    2. Magic Johnson Interview
  3. Crisis Services
    Klinic Crisis Line, Manitoba Suicide Line, Kids Help Phone, Crisis Services
  4. Directory of Youth Addictions Services in Manitoba