How to Get Kids to Class To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services


absentThe new start of a new year can be exciting for students and parents, but not all families are excited about the associated expenses to a new school year.   According to the education researchers Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes at Johns Hopkins, children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school (which is generally defined as missing at least 10 percent of class days each year).

These findings of absenteeism are not monitored by the Federal government and students who are absent because of poverty sometimes are overlooked.  Policy makers don’t treat dropout rates and chronic absenteeism as school problems, however there are more factors involved with missing classes.  Students that have housing issues and mental health are considered to have social problems.  All of these factors need to be looked at to improve attendance and the lives of students outside of schools.

In order to improve the lives of these students and give them a chance a better future some schools have designed a model.   there The community school mode seeks to bring a site coordinator, with training in education or social work, onto the administrative team of every school with a large number of poor kids. That person would be charged with identifying at-risk students and matching them up with services that are available both in the school and the community.

It is important to distinguish which students are at risk to provide resources for them and their families.  Learning can’t happen unless student’s basic needs are met.

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