Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground collaborate to launch statewide school attendance network

8/5/2019

The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.
 
The network’s goal is to increase student attendance, particularly among specific groups of students such as African American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities. The network believes student success begins with engaged learners who attend school each day.
 
Everyone — educators, parents and families, community partners and even students — can do their parts to tackle student absenteeism. Tap into resources, take the attendance pledge and help us spread the word. Find these tools, including posters, yard signs, attendance trackers and more, at Get2School.org/Resources.
 
The network is designed to connect its users to each other, state and national experts, and high-quality, attendance-focused campaign materials, strategies and evaluation tools. The network’s core is its website, Get2School.org, which is available to all Ohio schools and districts at no cost.
 
The network also will support the unique attendance needs of rural and remote school districts by helping them deploy, test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific, attendance-related strategies. Findings will be shared with the broader network.
 
An identified set of school districts, known as action districts, will receive additional supports and resources affecting approximately 66,000 students. With these resources, districts will be able to launch comprehensive community campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of school attendance; use data to target specific, attendance-related interventions for maximum impact; analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions; and refine attendance-related solutions across these school districts. Over time, all learnings from these improvement efforts will be shared broadly across the network, benefiting all participating schools and districts.
 
For more information, please visit Get2School.org.