Tackling Chronic Absenteeism Together with the Get 2 School Network


By: Staff Blogger

Whether it’s on the football field or in a learning community, teamwork makes a world of difference! For educators, partnerships can transform the school experience and create new opportunities for students. On Saturday, we officially launched an exciting effort to elevate the importance of school attendance in Ohio schools.

Introducing the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game Network! We’re working with the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Harvard University’s Proving Ground to put an end to chronic absenteeism. Missing one or two days of school every few weeks is enough to cause students to fall behind and become chronically absent. More than 260,000 Ohio students were chronically absent last year.

At the foundation of Get 2 School is a belief that student success starts with engaged learners who attend school each day. To begin, our network includes a core group of districts – including learning communities in rural and urban settings – to test and evaluate the effectiveness of specific, attendance-related strategies. The network’s website, Get2School.org, has many resources for educators, families and communities—all available at no cost. 

Visit Get2School.org to download posters, yard signs, attendance trackers and more. We’re encouraging students to take the attendance pledge, and there’s an attendance spotlight to submit your school’s success stories to potentially be featured by the Cleveland Browns Foundation.  

In celebration of the network’s launch, 500 students, family members, educators, community members and leaders from across the state gathered for a pep rally at FirstEnergy Stadium, prior to Saturday’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage. See more highlights from our kickoff event below!

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