Reducing Chronic Absence in Connecticut's Schools: A Prevention and Intervention Guide for Schools and Districts


Connecticut State Department of Education

Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell

Charlene Russell-Tucker
Chief Operating Officer

John Frassinelli
Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

Kari Sullivan, Education Consultant
Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

Attendance Works

Hedy Chang
Executive Director

Laura Downs
Senior Fellow

Sue Fothergill
Associate Director for Policy


On behalf of the Connecticut State Board of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) extends its thanks to the contributors to and reviewers of this guidance document including members of the Chronic Absenteeism Strategic Action Group, local education officials, and parent and community organizations. Special thanks go to Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. This guide was developed in collaboration with her leadership and state agency leaders, including the following members of the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap:

  • Department of Administrative Services
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Department of Housing
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Judicial Branch, Juvenile Justice, Court Support Services Division
  • Office of Early Childhood
  • Office of Policy and Management
  • State Department of Education