We stand at a Crossroad.

Chronic Absenteeism

In analyzing student attendance, educators across the West Shore Educational Service District believe the current rate of chronic student absenteeism in our area is unacceptably high.   

The fact that chronic student absenteeism is common across the nation is not a reason for us to be complacent.

It’s time to alert and engage our students, parents, educators, community members, and caring adults in every member school district in our three-county region. 

Chronic absenteeism holds our kids back. Let’s band together and take action not to let this happen.

We need your help. Together we can make a difference and reduce chronic absenteeism to boost student learning.

Select your School District

Baldwin Community Schools
Ludington Area School District
Pentwater Public Schools
Gateway2Success Academy
Mason County Central Schools
Shelby Public Schools
Don’t hesitate to contact us also.
Hart Public Schools
Mason County Eastern Schools
Walkerville Public Schools
Throughout 2024 resources to help parents, school staff, and community members reduce chronic absenteeism will be posted here.


Parent Resources:

Tips for Families to Support School Attendance

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

10 Tips to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Schools & Community:
Truancy Toolkit
Attendance Works

For Everyone:
Hart Superintendent Mark Platt hosts an informational podcast every week on school topics. In October 2023, several area superintendents joined him to discuss the chronic absenteeism problem. View the conversation here.