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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
Educating today for success tomorrow
Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
PWPSD Attendance Program

Here for Me. Here for You.

In the 2018-2019 school year, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) is changing its attendance practices to help increase regular attendance at school and look at how absenteeism impacts student development.

A three-tiered approach:

1.  Engage communities about the importance of regular school attendance.

2.  Empower schools to use data to guide and improve practices.

3.  Eliminate barriers to attendance through timely and effective interventions.

As a parent, when should I become concerned?

 Missed days per school year:

18 or more days 5-9 days Less than 5 days 

Our Action Plan – Sharing our new attendance codes

PWPSD has developed new codes to track attendance that will better inform schools and help them support families in establishing positive attendance habits.

PWPSD will also improve attendance communication with parents and provide support to schools on how to work with students, parents and communities.

Our goal for this new initiative is to increase student attendance rates through improved focus, communication and cooperative interventions that will see students achieve success in school and in life.

Our new attendance codes are listed in the chart in the right-hand column. For definitions of the new attendance codes, read our Attendance Codes newsletter.

How absences add up over time

Missing 10 per cent or more of school days due to absence for any reason – excused, unexcused absences, and suspensions – can add up over time.

By Grade 3:
Student is at risk in reading and numeracy development. 

By Grade 6:
Student is at risk of failing subjects.

By Grade 9:
Student is at risk of dropping out.

What the research says

School attendance plays a critical role in student achievement

Students must be present and engaged to learn, yet many young students are academically at-risk because of extended absences. An estimated one in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students have too many absences. The following report looks at how schools, communities and families can monitor and promote attendance, and identify and address barriers to good attendance.

Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades