Attendance has been proven to be one of the most powerful predictors of academic achievement and can have a dramatic impact on key milestones, including third grade reading, ninth grade achievement, high school graduation, and postsecondary persistence. Chronic absenteeism is missing 10% of school, regardless of the reason. A focus on chronic absenteeism examines the link between loss of class time, academic achievement, and educator practice, including cultivating authentic relationships with students, families, and community organizations. An awareness of chronic absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and communities to make informed decisions regarding missing school.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District supports the rich diversity of our school communities and believes all students have a fundamental right to equal education.  Join the attendance awareness campaign and support our immigrant and refugee students.  Hashtag along with us, #YouBelongHere, #SchoolEveryDay, #WhySchoolEveryDay, and support our students in understanding the importance of attending school regularly, and in knowing that they indeed belong.


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Tools & Strategy:

PSESD is committed to providing relevant tools for educators, students, families and community organizations through our attendance toolkit and media toolkit.

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Attendance Challenge

The Attendance Challenge is a call to action for superintendents and organizational leaders across the Puget Sound region to lead the effort in improving attendance in our school communities.  Leaders are urged to join the Attendance Challenge by accepting the attendance pledge. 

View Attendance Challenge Site

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Professional Development

PSESD is committed to providing professional development to shift educator practice and beliefs to address this issue. For customized PD for your school or organization, please contact us here.

Learn More at Early Warning Systems


Media Toolkit

Spread the message about good attendance at the beginning and throughout the school year!

Download Media Toolkit

Contact Information


Uri Salinas
Program Coordinator

Marques Gittens, M. Ed.
Program Director