Attendance and Truancy


The Attendance and Truancy Department works to train, motivate, support and guide CPS staff, students, families, and community partners in efforts to increase student attendance, decrease chronic absenteeism and chronic truancy, strategically address barriers that result in truancy and ultimately enhance the academic success of all CPS students.

What We Know About Attendance

Chicago Public Schools strives to support students and their specific needs. It is important to have unified procedures so everyone has the same resources and access to means by which students and their families can be supported and connected with their school.

If we provide,

  • A data driven, decision-making framework to construct vertical and horizontal alignment of standards
  • Clear and concise rules and expectations
  • Targeted strategies, regular reviews, and specific criteria to evaluate progress
  • Protocols and tools to support families and schools around attendance needs


  • Students, teachers, school administrators, and communities will synchronize their work towards clear goals and expectations of achievement
  • Schools and Networks will engage in regular qualitative and quantitative based dialogues that focus on identifying students in need of attendance supports, as well as identifying students who may need intervention to prevent escalating attendance issues
  • Schools will identify areas of need, and areas with potential for growth
  • The school and family will be a cooperative unit on behalf of the student

Resulting in,

  • A school-wide culture that revolves around student-centered, positive, and professional behaviors
  • Holistic and transparent measures of school growth
  • The reduction/elimination of absenteeism and truancy
  • Established and effective professional learning communities that continually strive to increase student achievement


Page Last Modified on Tuesday, August 20, 2019