• Re-engaging students and withdrawal process

    All principals and assistant principals

    Research from the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) found that students with less than two absences in September typically had good attendance rates for the year. Moreover, half the students with two to four absences in September went on to become chronically absent, meaning they missed a month or more of school. And nearly 90% of students who missed more than four days of school in September became chronically absent that year.

    All of that is to say, the habits our students form this month matter. Schools are responsible for ensuring that all students enrolled in their school are regularly attending and engaging in their school. Schools need to have strategies in place to reduce chronic absence and reengage students when they begin to demonstrate attendance issues.

    Schools are also responsible for re-engaging students who have not attended school. These strategies may include, but are not limited to:

    • Verifying attendance in Infinite Campus
    • Calling parents/guardians
    • Sending at least one letter to student’s last known address
    • Conducting home visits to the last known home address
    • As a last resort, when all school based efforts have been exhausted, informing DSS when students are under 13 years old

    If re-engagement is unsuccessful, then the withdrawal process must be completed by documenting due diligence efforts in Infinite Campus and sending a notification to studentsupportdata@bcps.k12.md.us for review. An email with results of the review will be provided within one week to confirm withdrawal and codes.

    For questions, contact studentsupportdata@bcps.k12.md.us.
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