Educators in states across the country are seeing that current immigration policy changes are leading to increased chronic absence. As a way to reassure parents and students that school is a safe place for learning, states and districts have posted resources to encourage families with immigrant children to continue getting the students to school every day.
Resources range from letters sent to school communities and families reaffirming anti-discrimination polices, to toolkits with tips for dealing with anxious students, to videos for parents on how to communicate with their young children on topics that are particularly difficult to tackle, such as bullying. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, for example, just released this video, in Spanish with English subtitles.
“Being in class every day is critical for academic achievement. We know that all students are more likely to come to school, and parents are more likely to take their kids to school, when they feel their school is a safe place for learning,” says Hedy N. Chang, executive director of Attendance Works.
Read more in our blog and find a sampling of these resources.