Digital Backpack: Resources to Address Chronic Absence in Your Community

In the 2020-2021 school year—the most recent year for which federal data is available—14.7 million students nationwide were chronically absent, nearly doubling pre pandemic rates. Encouragingly, we know that taking a data-driven, comprehensive approach that engages students and their families can help solve this problem.  The National Partnership for School Success (NPSS) has curated a dynamic digital backpack of resources (link) to support schools and districts in addressing chronic absence challenges in their communities. By detailing key considerations on how to identify and implement evidence-based supports and offering links to high-quality resources, this digital backpack sets up districts, schools, and partners for more effective execution, ultimately increasing outcomes for students.