Date of Award

Spring 3-5-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in School Psychology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Lisa H. Stewart


School attendance is a key component to ensuring that students gain the skills they need later in life. The primary reason for regular school attendance is the correlation it has with school achievement. Regular attendance increases students’ opportunities for learning and for building relationships with their teacher and peers. However, some students often face barriers that may impact their ability to attend school on a regular basis including school climate and bullying; transportation; homelessness; poverty; parent expectations and involvement; physical health; and mental health. Research has shown how barriers can impact students’ attendance rates in school and what schools can do to help students get to school on a regular basis. An attendance resource guide for K-12 schools to use to help increase student attendance is included. This guide includes multiple programs and interventions for individual students, small groups of students or school wide that can help address some of the barriers to attendance.



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