Reduce Chronic Absenteeism with Meals and Other Programs

Reducing Chronic absenteeism has been shown to increase academic performance but how do we get parents invested in making sure kids go to school. As we know, chronic absenteeism can be a major issue. What starts as an innocuous habit can bloom into a student being forced to repeat a grade. The root causes behind this can be varied; and a program designed to reduce chronic absenteeism must be capable of adapting to each student.

Reducing Chronic absenteeism

Decreasing Absences Improves Academic Performance Photo Credit: Department of Education

Some students miss school due to the parents or guardians considering a single day to be unimportant in the overall education of their child. Some students miss school unbeknownst to their parents, and others are unable to focus on their class work due to hunger.

SHINE Program finds Solutions to Chronic Absenteeism

The LeHigh Carbon Community College has implemented the SHINE program to reduce Chronic Absenteeism; designed to address multiple causes of absenteeism. By providing meals, SHINE stabilizes the environment and allows room for learning. Weekly home visits integrate the families of students, ensuring the continuity of education from the parents and guardians. For more on the SHINE program, read on.

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Building Relationships to SHINE a Light on Chronic Absenteeism