Chronic Absenteeism is “missing at least 10 percent of days in a school year for any reason, including excused and unexcused absences”. – AFT
This week I did research on what my site does and what is their mission. Detroit Public Schools Community District- Office of Homelessness and Foster Care is focused on Chronic Absenteeism in the Detroit Public Schools. They gave me a study that was done by Jennifer Erb-Downward et al from Poverty Solutions at U of M on this issue and has learned that the Detroit Public Schools have the highest chronic absenteeism rate than any other city in the US.
So with this information, my site is working on helping students who are experiencing Homelessness and/or Foster Care get the help they need to be able to attend school and graduate. They provide services such as transportation, hygiene kits, referrals to shelters, food, etc. I will be looking at attendance rates for a certain school year and coming up with interventions that can help decrease the chronic absenteeism rate in students who experience home instability. This will include being able to speak to these students and their families.