The White House and ED announced two groundbreaking campaigns to address and eliminate chronic student absenteeism last week. The MBK Success Mentors Initiative aims to reduce chronic absenteeism by connecting over one million students with caring mentors who are trained school-linked personnel. In addition, the Ad Council campaign, Absences Add Up, seeks to raise awareness about how chronic absenteeism affects children in the short- and long-term.
With an estimated 5 to 7.5 million students chronically absent each year, this is a national problem that seriously undermines the education, safety and life outcomes of our youth. Both initiatives build on the Every Student, Every Day national initiative to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism.