With the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, schools are returning to in-person teaching. Absenteeism is becoming a primary cause of concern for many school managements.
Truancy is a problem that plagues schools across the US. Students who miss a lot of schools are statistically more likely to become involved in more problematic behaviors, like self-harm, suicidal ideation, and illegal activities.
The coronavirus not only disrupted businesses and healthcare providers across the United States – education is another victim of the pandemic. As schools are returning to face-to-face teaching, absenteeism is a greater concern than ever before.
Student absences have continued to grow at an alarming rate. This trend concerns all stakeholders involved, including parents, school administrators, and government organizations. While many realize that this is a growing problem, the cause is not always so clear.
According to ABC News, 40% of upper-year high school students were chronically absent from public schools in Boston during the fall of 2020, with a sharp rise in absenteeism among black, latino, disabled and English-learning students.
The United States Department of Education referred to absenteeism as “a hidden educational crisis” in a report originally published five years ago. The report has since been updated to reflect the increasing problem.
The new Attendance & At-Risk Program by TrueCare™ checks many boxes to assess and prevent chronic absences.
This digital platform helps school administrators keep track of attendance and allows communication with parents.
TrueCare is a nationwide Health & Wellness platform for families and businesses providing end-to-end solutions for COVID-19 testing, screening, vaccination, home care, and corporate well-being services.