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Reducing Chronic Absence in Washoe County School District by Strengthening the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

As in other districts, attendance dropped and chronic absence spiked during the pandemic in Washoe County School District (WCSD). Students missing too much school continues to be a problem, and is especially concerning for students from historically underserved communities, such as Hispanic, American Indian, and unhoused students. Regular school attendance is critical to learning and success in school. REL West and WCSD are partnering to boost attendance by strengthening and expanding the use of student support interventions that reduce chronic absence.

As part of the district’s broader effort to improve its multi-tiered system of supports framework, WCSD and REL West are engaging in applied research, technical assistance, and dissemination projects to better understand and strengthen implementation of evidence-based tiered interventions, to use data and evidence to continuously improve systems of support, and to expand implementation of evidence-based interventions. These efforts aim to reduce chronic absence, both districtwide and for student groups with disproportionately high chronic absence rates.

Current Projects

The purpose of this coaching project is to design and conduct an inventory of K–12 student academic, attendance, behavioral, and mental health interventions used in schools across the district in order to obtain an accurate accounting of the district’s tiered interventions and description of implementation of its Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. The inventory will help the district make decisions, specifically related to strengthening MTSS practices and using evidence-based interventions to reduce chronic absence.
This technical support project builds local capacity to use data to examine Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) referrals. The first phase focuses on co-analysis of the SARB referral forms to document the interventions used and requested to support chronically absent students referred to SARB. The second phase uses administrative data to produce a descriptive profile of referred students, reporting demographic characteristics and attendance outcomes in the years preceding the referral. This project lays the groundwork for a complementary research project that will rigorously investigate the relationship of attendance outcomes and student and school characteristics with SARB referral rates and possible disproportionalities.

No completed projects at this time.

Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: September 26, 2023
On September 26, 2023, REL West will meet with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) as part of the "Reducing Chronic Absence in Washoe County School District by Strengthening Multi-Tiered Systems of Support " partnership. In this...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 25, 2023
On April 25, 2023, REL West will meet with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) for the fourth installment in a series of coaching sessions designed to helped WCSD develop and inventory of data sources and interventions related to chronic...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 18, 2023
On April 18, 2023, REL West will meet with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) for the third installment in a series of coaching sessions designed to helped WCSD develop and inventory of data sources and interventions related to chronic absence...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 28, 2023
On February 28, 2023, REL West will meet with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) as part of the "Reducing Chronic Absence in Washoe County School District by Strengthening Multi-Tiered Systems of Support " partnership. In this...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 07, 2023
On February 7, 2023, REL West will hold a training session with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) as part of the "Reducing Chronic Absence in Washoe County School District by Strengthening Multi-Tiered Systems of Support " partnership...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: December 06, 2022
On December 6, 2022, REL West met with partners at Washoe County School District (WCSD) as part of the "Reducing Chronic Absence in Washoe County School District by Strengthening Multi-Tiered Systems of Support " partnership. In this series...

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