Release Date: 08/31/2020
Expiration Date: 08/31/2025
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Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student having missed more than 10% of a school year, or more than 2 days per month. Students who are chronically absent are at risk for academic failure and dropout. School nurses (SNs) are on the frontlines of student health. Using nursing expertise and proximity to vulnerable students, a school nurse-led active surveillance program can proactively identify and document student health concerns and assist students and families in getting the care that they need.
The School Nurse-Led Surveillance of Chronic Absenteeism Manual guides school nurses in addressing health related absences. The manual includes a standardized, evidence-based procedure for school nurses to follow, along with reference materials to support the steps in the procedure, to address health related absences and chronic absenteeism.
Sections in the manual include
- Why School Nurses Should Care About Chronic Absenteeism?
- Gaining School Wide Support
- How to Begin
- School Nurse-Led Surveillance Process
- Frequently Asked Questions
Erin D. Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FAAN
Director of Research
National Association of School Nurses
See also the course A School Nurse-Led Initiative to Address Chronic Absenteeism.
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