In June 2016, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights released its first national count of students who were chronically absent. The data showed a staggering 6.5 million students were chronically absent, which means that they missed so much school that their ability to read well and gain fundamental skills and knowledge for college and career was hampered. In the 500 most heavily impacted districts, over 30% of students were chronically absent.<abstracted from attendanceworks.org>
This year Boston will increase it’s efforts to address chronic absenteeism with leadership from the Social Emotional Learning and Wellness (SELW) department. Join us in supporting the “I’m In” campaign.