Better understanding chronic absenteeism
Ohio House Bill 410 directs districts that show chronic absenteeism rates of 5 percent or greater on their most recent report cards to develop absence intervention teams for the 2017-2018 school year. A district team is responsible for making sure each child who is habitually truant receives an absence intervention plan that identifies unique attendance barriers and solutions to the problem. A district team includes appropriate district staff members and also may include representatives of public and nonprofit agencies in the community. Schools also should involve the student and parent in each child’s absence intervention plan. Find more information here, including information on districts that must meet this requirement and districts that are exempt.