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The School Counselor

Everyone in school communities must advocate for improved school attendance. The school counselor has a key role identifying and focusing on issues behind students’ chronic absences. Taking time to examine data, drilling down to detect causes, and providing support through individual or small group counseling can positively impact changing the patterns of absenteeism.

American School Counselor Association
School Counselors Improving Attendance


Your district School Health Advisory Council may be an untapped resource when preventing and addressing chronic absenteeism. The SHAC members, comprised of parents, community members, school health representatives, and educators, serve as problem-solvers and advisors to school districts on health related issues. Through the collaboration of SHAC, effective health education, age-appropriate behaviors, and injury prevention strategies can provide the end result of decreased absences.

School Health Advisory Councils

School Attendance Review Team

A School Attendance Review Team is an intervention team that includes teachers, administrators, counselors, and nurses.  Students with frequent absences are referred to the team.  Like a Response to Intervention team, the SART is responsible for developing an individualized plan for improving the student’s attendance.  The consistency the team provides works well for meeting the expectations set in House Bill 2398.

Expunging Truancy Data per HB 2398
Chronic Absenteeism in the Nations Schools
Long Term Consequences of Missing School
Model Chronic Absence Reduction Plans

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Sherri Wright, M.Ed., Counselor
Coordinator, Federal Programs
(903) 988-6809

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