establishing district wide best practices for improving student engagement in learning
and reducing chronic absenteeism. Improving school attendance improves success in
school. As a small team we are able to connect families to school resources and create
capacities for a successful year for each student.
With your commitment and support, we envision PUSD students coming to school on
time, every day, more connected, supported, and engaged in their learning community. As
a team we work alongside the school administrators, teachers, community groups, the
students, and their families, to find creative, long-term solutions to attendance barriers and
What is chronic absenteeism?
More than 8 million students nationally miss more than 10% of their school days in a year,
the standard measure for chronic absenteeism. Arizona schools and PUSD schools have high
rates of chronic absenteeism when compared to national
Nationally, an average of 1 in 6 students are chronically absent, while in Arizona the number
increases to 1 in 5 and in Prescott the number can in fact at times increase to 1 in 4.
Chronically absent students are distinguished for a variety of reasons.
"Broadly defined, chronic absence is missing so much school for any reason that a student is at risk of not reading in early grades, failing middle school classes, and dropping out of high school."
For more information visit the link: Chronic Absence – The Problem