Attendance = Opportunities
Almost half of our Wichita Public Schools students were identified as chronically absent in the 2022-23 school year, meaning they missed at least 18 days of school last year. This rate is almost double the year-end rate from 2019! We need your help to get our students back on track. WPS has kicked off its Attendance=Opportunities informational campaign. Schools and the district are sharing messages with families about how regular attendance is crucial for student success and even missing a few days can affect a student’s opportunity to be Future Ready.
We acknowledge that WPS is not the only district locally or nationally facing a chronic absenteeism problem. We also know that we need to create unique solutions that serve the needs of our students and their families. This starts with all our staff understanding the problem and committing to doing their part to help.
3 Reasons Why This Matters
You have worked extremely hard for 5 years on achieving the district’s strategic plan goals. Chronic absenteeism directly affects our ability to achieve 3 of our 4 long-term goals.
- Graduation Rate: Students who are chronically absent in a single year between grades 8 and 12 are 7 times more likely to drop out of high school.
- 3rd Grade Literacy: Students who are chronically absent in pre-k and kindergarten are less likely to be reading on grade level by third grade.
- Safety: Students who are chronically absent are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and show increased risk for suicidal behavior, depression and anxiety.
More information will be posted to this site.
Attendance Works and USD 259 Resources:
Reducing Chronic Absenteeism (Brochure and Calendar)
*2021-2022 Chronic Absences - Correlation to State Assessment Performance (Spring 2023) - Spanish - All Levels* (Translating Results)
Information for Families
Attendance Success Plans
Mobility and Stability