Every Student, Every Day

Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning and building mastery. School communities must make every effort to ensure that Every Student attends school Every Day.

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

Chronic absenteeism is defined as a missing 10% or more of the school year.

Every Student, Every Day is a low-cost and scalable attendance strategy that any school can use to remove barriers to improved attendance.

Every Student Every Day calls on schools to Define Clear Systems, Engage the Attendance Team, Personalize Student Interventions, and Draw on Community Resources

By adopting the Every, Student Day, schools can reduce chronic absenteeism and help students attend and succeed in school.

Define and Communicate Clear Schools Systems and Practices

In an NYC School, the Principal’s focus on chronic absenteeism makes the biggest difference for students and the broader school community.

Principals should these steps to maintain a school-wide focus on reducing chronic absenteeism:

1. Create and Share Your Schools Attendance Policy and Plan

2. Identify Key Staff to Lead the Day-to-Day Work of the Every Student, Every Day Campaign

3. Create a School Culture that Promotes Good Attendance

4. Recognize and Reward Good or Improved Attendance

Relevant Resouces

Every Student, Every Day Attendance Policy and Plan Template

How to Complete the OSYD Consolidated Attendance Plan

Organizing Resources for Principals and Community School Directors

September Attendance Awareness

Winter and Cold Season

Prevent the May/June Attendance Slump

Resources for Schools

Engage the Attendance Team In-Person or Remote Weekly Meeting to Monitor Chronic Absenteeism

The weekly Attendance Team Meeting is facilitated by the Principal or Principal’s designee. This meeting is a vital part of a proactive attendance strategy in any school. The meeting can be in-person or remote (Depending upon the needs of the school in response to COVID-19). The goal of the weekly Attendance Team Meeting is to use data to monitor chronically absent students and assign the right intervention to the right student at the right time.

Relevant Resources

Weekly Attendance Meeting


Personalize Student Interventions: Success Mentoring

Success Mentors have helped chronically absent students gain up to 13 days of school! Success Mentoring is an evidence-based strategy to significantly reduce chronic absence rates and help students succeed in school and beyond.

Success Mentors are caring adults who help chronically absent students address the barriers that keep them from attending school every day.

Success Mentors can be school staff, community partners, and senior students. Success Mentors are advocates for their mentees and help encourage their success in school.

Relevant Resources

Starting a New Mentoring Program

Success Mentors

Success Mentor Tools and Resources

Success Mentor Confidentiality Agreement

Partner with Communities to Build a Supportive In-Person or Remote Learning Environment

Communicating with families about attendance is critical. Talk to families about how attending school is key to boosting achievement. Even a 90% attendance rate is not enough and can significantly impact student outcomes.

Relevant Resources

Resources in the Community

Communications for Families

National Partnerships

Resources to get started