Attendance issues are often a first sign that a student is experiencing life challenges.
School authorities, students, and families share responsibility for ensuring that students attend school. By working together alongside available community agencies and supports, they can identify and address the underlying reasons for absenteeism.
Alberta Education's Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement (OSAR) provides leadership and support to school authorities to address chronic absenteeism. The OSAR encourages schools to focus on finding solutions while considering the unique circumstances of each student and their family.
The OSAR promotes the use of strategies to support and encourage all students to attend school regularly. The OSAR also helps school authorities identify other strategies for students who have similar needs or to assist with the unique needs of one student and their family. When all reasonable efforts have been made by the school authority and student attendance has not improved, the OSAR assists school authorities to access the Attendance Board.