How schools are tackling truancy

Schools personalize programs designed to bring students back to class

Creating an anti-truancy environment in schools

Students may start skipping school if they don’t feel safe, secure or supported


Such intervention software is designed to help districts reduce truancy and excessive absences. It allows administrators to track and analyze absence patterns, and compare the data to historical trends. A2A can turn this data into actionable reports, highlighting the areas that help district administrators address attendance concerns and increase parent involvement.


Teacher substitute placement and absence management can be automated online and over-the-phone with this online tool. Teachers can register their absences at any time, either by calling a toll-free number or by logging on to Aesop online. Aesop also saves data entry time by integrating with other software applications.

Attention 2 Attendance

As an intervention software program, Attention 2 Attendance is designed to help districts reduce truancy and excessive absences. It allows administrators to track and analyze absence patterns, which also can be compared to district historical trends.

Report: 10 percent of students miss too much school

Chronic absences increasing the chances students will fall behind or drop out

States tackle chronic absence in schools

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Education chief: Maybe start school later in the day

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Utah teachers dealing with crowded classrooms

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Henderson-Hopkins school divides East Baltimore community

The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community, but they disagree about which children should be able to attend the much-heralded new school.

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