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Addressing Attendance. Using PBIS to improve school-wide attendance. Amy Beller, LCSW-C. School Social Worker Wiley H. Bates Middle School Annapolis, Maryland 410 263-0270 abeller@aacps.org.

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addressing attendance

Addressing Attendance

Using PBIS to improve school-wide attendance

amy beller lcsw c
Amy Beller, LCSW-C

School Social Worker

Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Annapolis, Maryland

410 263-0270

abeller@aacps.org

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Students with poor attendance in Elementary School are more likely to be truant in middle school and high school

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School nonattendance is a problem that affects students, families and the community. Not only are students with poor attendance less likely to do well in school, they are more likely to drop out of school all together, have a lower self-esteem and are less likely to find good jobs in the future. When children are not in school, they are also more likely to get involved in illegal activities in the community.

pbis and attendance
PBIS and ATTENDANCE
  • Use data to define attendance problem
  • Use three tier approach (green zone, yellow zone, red zone) to design school wide, group and individual interventions
  • Teach students/parents that attendance is expected
  • Use positive reinforcement for achievement of attendance expectations
using data to define the problem
Using DATA to define the problem

Types of Data

  • Yearly Data
  • Monthly Data
  • Day of the Week
  • Individual Student

# of DAYS PRESENT

# of DAYS ENROLLED

SASI = ATD09

data intervention
DATA INTERVENTION

GREEN ZONE 0-4 ABS/year

YELLOW ZONE 5-10 ABS/year

RED ZONE 11+ ABS/year

green zone school wide attendance incentive programs
GREEN ZONE School Wide Attendance Incentive Programs

1. GROUP REWARDS

  • The power of peer pressure
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Build upon naturally occurring group affiliation (i.e. Homeroom, Classroom, Team, Grade)
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GREEN ZONE School Wide Attendance Incentive Programs

EXAMPLES

  • Perfect Attendance = Plenty of Pizza
  • Attendance is Your Ticket to the Movies
  • Harman Elementary Students Make the Bus
  • Chillin’ at Bates for Breakfast
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GREEN ZONE School Wide Attendance Incentive Programs
  • Individual Rewards
    • Rewards those students who are always good
    • Positive Reinforcement
    • VISIBILITY!

EXAMPLES: Icecream, Cookies, Bracelets, Certificates, Perfect Attendance Lunch etc.

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GREEN ZONE School Wide Attendance Incentive Programs
  • Other
    • Postcards
    • Prevention letters
    • Attendance Mentors
    • Check in Program
    • Certificates
    • End of the year Perfect Attendance Lunch
    • Attendance News
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Anne Arundel County Public Schools

presents

Ima Here

The

“I get on the Bus” Award

In recognition of Perfect Attendance during the 2005/2006 School Year

Harman Elementary School

Signature

Date

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May 25, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

As you well know, your child has had perfect attendance ALL SCHOOL YEAR!!! And thanks to a generous donation from Ginger Cover Continuing Care Retirement Community, we are taking your child out to lunch to celebrate!!!!

We will be walking to downtown Annapolis to go to Pusser’s Landing in the Annapolis Marriott Hotel. We will enjoy a fine lunch sitting on the deck next to the water!!! I can’t wait!

Please complete the attached permission slip as soon as possible and return to school.

Thank you for all you do to support your child in coming to school every day!!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 410 263-0270.

Sincerely,

Amy Beller

School Social Worker

Attendance Queen!

yellow zone group interventions
YELLOW ZONEGroup Interventions

Who will take on this project

??????

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YELLOW ZONEGroup Interventions
  • Keep track of number of absences (SASI ATD09)
  • Notify teacher responsible (homeroom)
  • Teacher contact (phone call, meeting with student, letter)
  • 4. Attendance Log -- Documentation

(Sample Letters available on Minerva – Help Manual -- Appendix)

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YELLOW ZONEGroup Interventions

5. Keep track of progress – Tracking Log

6. Meet/Speak with parents/students

(Case management/Counseling)

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YELLOW ZONEGroup Interventions

7. Guidance/Social Worker Letter

8. Administration Letter – warning referral for possible legal action

(Sample Letters available on Minerva – Help Manual -- Appendix)

red zone individual interventions
RED ZONEINDIVIDUAL INTERVENTIONS

OTHER REFFERALS

  • DSS (Family Preservation)
  • JIFI
  • Counseling
  • Pediatrician
  • Housing

PPW REFFERAL

  • PROJECT ATTEND (Anne Arundel County)
  • State’s Attorney’s Letter
  • Court Appearance (make sure parent brings a lawyer)

Possible Consequences: Jail time, fines

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Wiley H. Bates Middle School

Attendance Statistics

Monthly Percentage of Students in Attendance

evaluation
EVALUATION

Interview staff and students

  • Did your reward programs motivate students?
  • Suggestions to improve process (attendance logs, etc.)
  • Suggestions to improve attendance procedures