Support Low-income Students
Students living at or below the poverty rate tend to have the highest dropout rates. To support low-income families and promote school attendance:
- Help families meet basic needs. Parent liaisons can link families with community organizations to help with the basics of food, clothing and shelter.
- Provide before-school and after-school childcare. Low-income students are more likely to arrive at school late or be picked up from school early because of parents’ inflexible work schedules. Before- and after-school childcare ensures that students can experience a full day of school.
- Consider forming parent support groups. Parents might be able to pool their resources for things like childcare on days off from school and transportation to and from school for their children.
- Make sure low-income students have basic school supplies. Work with community business partners to ensure that all children have access to the items on your school supply list.
The Road to Better Attendance May Begin on the School Bus
A recent study found that kindergartners who rode the bus had lower absenteeism rates than their classmates who did not ride the bus. Could a focus on school bus transportation improve attendance at your school?
- Send information home to parents about school bus safety and rules. Parents are more likely to put their children on the school bus if they feel it is safe.
- Build relationships between the transportation staff and students. Bus drivers could come into classrooms to talk to students about school bus safety and behavior.
- Offer incentives for students who ride the bus. Create a point system to reward students who ride the bus regularly and safely. Consider entering bus riders into a drawing to win a prize or a homework pass.
Your School Marquee is Key
Marquees give schools the opportunity to communicate important messages to students, parents and the community. They are a cost-effective way to spread the word about upcoming events and an easy way to boost school spirit. Here are three other ways to use your marquee. Use it to...
- Raise school funds. Some schools allow parents to purchase space on their marquees to wish their child a happy birthday.
- Promote school-business partnerships. Did a local grocery store provide snacks on field day? Did a restaurant host a school spirit night? Thank them on your marquee and other businesses will take note.
- Build your image. Great test scores? Award-winning teachers? Post your accomplishments for all to see!