Norton Public Schools recently signed on with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to reduce chronic absenteeism in our schools. Massachusetts defines chronically absent as missing at least 10 percent of days enrolled (for instance, 18 days absent if enrolled for a typical school year of 180 days), regardless of the reason for the absence. Being chronically absent can have a significant impact on a student's academic progress and their ability to access the variety of academic and non-academic supports that schools provide.
During the 2022-2023 school year, nearly 19% of our students were considered chronically absent. Research shows that families and school collaboration can boost students' attendance significantly. Families can reinforce the importance of regular attendance, set routines, and provide the necessary encouragement. Families can also give their child's school valuable insights into their child's individual needs and challenges, allowing for more tailored support. By working together, families and schools can identify and address attendance issues promptly, promoting a culture where attendance is viewed as a shared responsibility.
Your child’s school will be reaching out to you to alert you to attendance concerns once your child has 5 unexcused absences. If you need support from our staff to help you with attendance, please reach out to your child’s principal and they will guide you to the appropriate staff member.