Dear Andover Families,

Did you know that poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade OR that missing 10% of the school (about 18) days, negatively affects a student’s academic performance? That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absenteeism. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early.

Through our partnership with Harvard University we have found that 87% of our students made up 67% of our absences from January 2019 through December 2019 (for the purpose of this study Harvard pulls data from the calendar year as opposed to the school year). These absences were not considered chronic because on average these students didn’t exceed 17 days of missed school. However, they were right on the line of missing 10% of their school year and ultimately having a negative impact on their academic performance. If we turn these lost school days into instructional hours we have an average loss of 11,298 hours a year (these hours do not include chronic absenteeism students/hours).

Now that we have learned the severity of absenteeism and its effect on our student’s academic performance and future path to success, we need to work together to turn these lost days/hours into meaningful opportunities of continuous learning!

The good news is throughout the next year, Andover CSD will be working diligently to provide positive collaboration between families and the school. We will be implementing new plans, ideas and strategies in order to best support our families with any challenges and/or hurdles they may be facing that hinder our students from being in school. We will continue to provide a safe environment that fosters learning of all ages. As a district we continue to improve academically every year, by improving our absenteeism our students will be able to make even more gains academically. We appreciate all the parental and community support throughout this exciting time moving forward in continuous improvement... We continue to strive for greatness!

Your partner in education,

Kathryn Slavinski

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assistant Superintendent