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Engaging Parents

In many East Texas school districts, few students are classified as chronically absent, few students are identified as dropouts, and few disengaged students are sitting in classrooms.  Thankfully, the mindset of educators in most East Texas school districts is that “one student is one too many.”  For this reason, multi-leveled approaches are implemented for prevention and intervention of chronic absenteeism.  One basic strategy for teachers, counselors, and administrators is to meet parents where they are; and to go where the parents in addition to having parents take part at the school.  This entails home visits, offering parent training at local agencies and churches, and outreach at community events.  Another simple strategy is to look for exceptions to a student’s academic struggles or behavior instead of simply looking at the problem.  Then, the parent is contacted to share the good news via phone call, email, text or a hand written note. 


Chronic Absenteeism


Preventing Chronic Absenteeism & Truancy

Contacts


Sherri Wright, M.Ed.
(903) 988-6809

swright@esc7.net