Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Attendance (Truancy Reduction) Program is a pilot collaborative effort between the Lansing School District and Child and Family Charities designed to resolve attendance challenges within five Lansing School District Elementary Schools. All participants involved work towards building positive relationships, determining individual responsibilities and empowering students and families to ensure school success.
How TEAM Attendance Works:
- Referrals are received from elementary school officials for students who are showing early warning signs of school absences.
- TEAM Attendance Specialist in collaboration with other school support staff meet with the child and their parents/guardians who agree to voluntarily participate in an effort to improve attendance and to negate a poor school record and the need for formal court charges.
- Service include access to a behavioral health screen. A TEAM Attendance Specialists provides referral assistance to needed services in the community, including family substance abuse services, mental health counseling, and basic needs of the family.
- A service plan is used to identify needs and goals that promote attendance and academic success and progress is monitored and supported during their involvement.
- Parents attend “Guiding Good Choices” groups for parenting education and support. The program engages with parents to promote the concept of “Parents are the first education coach and life coach of their child, for school success and future success.”
- Daily classroom lessons promote TEAM Attendance Concepts to every student in the schools. Celebrations are conducted throughout the school year to recognize student school attendance and awards are given by classroom for collective attendance achievement.
Daily lessons and encouragement from teachers and TEAM Attendance Specialists in the classroom revolve around learning the four B’s:
- BE IN SCHOOL
- BE ON TIME
- BE READY TO WORK TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- BE PART OF THE T.E.A.M.
Together Everyone Achieves More! (T.E.A.M.)