Chronic Absence


Paying attention to attendance and engagement is as essential this year as ever before!
Given the unique challenges created from COVID-19, regular and ongoing communications and strong relationships are vital.  Schools, families and communities working together will create welcoming school environments, strong family and school relations, successful student outcomes and strong student attendance that ensures ALL students benefit from the learning opportunities offered.
The most important first steps are prevention and monitoring student attendance early and often. On a regular basis, school teams should review and monitor student attendance data for causes and barriers followed by implementing and monitoring a multi-tier system of support to encourage student attendance and a welcoming climate where all students feel a part of the school community.  

Stay up-to-date
Keep current on recent communications from the State Department of Education to leaders in school districts by visiting the Superintendent's Digest.  Items from the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, division directors, and others are posted here as they are sent. Learn more about CSDE's Peer Learning Opportunities and sign-up for the attendance listservs on the Peer Learning Opportunities webpage. 
 Supporting Student Attendance
E-Learning Series on Attendance & Engagement with Attendance Works
Session 1 - January 23, 2023

Session 2 - February 9, 2023
Monthly Tracking of Student Attendance
Legislative Update: Mental Health Wellness Days
Beginning school year 2021-22 and going forward, local and regional boards of education must provide students enrolled in kindergarten through Grade 12 the opportunity to be absent from school for up to two mental health wellness days during the school year. The two mental health wellness days may not be taken consecutively. This is in accordance with Section 19 of Public Act 21-46, An Act Concerning Social Equity and the Health, Safety and Education of Children.  
Attendance Awareness Campaign
The Connecticut Attendance Awareness Campaign provides districts, schools, and community partners with resources and artwork where entities can add their own logo to the design work. The campaign's webpage has printable and downloadable resources for schools and districts, including posters, coloring pages, banners, and handouts for parents and others. All of the materials are in English and Spanish. On this site, you will also find information on how to connect to the national Attendance Works Awareness Campaign.