Novato Unified Sees Big Decline in Chronic Absenteeism

The Novato Unified School District has announced a significant reduction in chronic absenteeism (CA) among the district’s K-8 students. Between 2022-2023, CA in those grades declined from 18.50% to 7.7%, dropping below the 9% goal the district had set for itself.

Novato Unified credits its Decreasing Chronic Absenteeism Network (d.CAN) initiative, which "focused on continuous improvement strategies, addressing attendance drivers through enhanced communication, fostering a positive school culture and climate, and establishing robust attendance structures and routines."

CA at Novato schools is now only 1% higher than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the district, all student groups saw an improvement in attendance rates, "with notable decreases amonh Hispanic, Filipino, and multi-racial students."

"This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff, and community," said Superintendent Dr. Tracy Smith. "The d.CAN initiative has made a tangible difference in our students’ lives, ensuring they are present and prepared to learn each day.”

Read more about the district's achievements here


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