Strive For Five: Quarter 1 Update

Approximately 26% of the school year is complete in the St. Joseph School District. The past 44 days of school witnessed the launch of an important community initiative known as Strive for Five. Initial results from the campaign will be shared below. Click here to learn more about the origin of this campaign, or here to review specific action steps included in our PDSA framework.

Addressing Absenteeism with the PDSA Cycle

The items below are included as part of the St. Joseph School District’s plan-do-study-act (PDSA) plan to address chronic absenteeism. Action steps are grouped thematically and subject to change as the PDSA cycle unfolds. Analysis of action steps is scheduled to occur on a 30 day rotation (30-60-90-120-150 days). During these reflective phases the district’s leadership team will review data for evidence of plan effectiveness.

Understanding Chronic Absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism has frustrated educators and communities for quite some time. Over the past decade, research and policy changes have brought this issue into greater focus. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 10% of a school year. Reducing the rate of absenteeism can be a daunting task for a district or community. Fortunately, a path forward isn’t as far away as you might think.