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In our country there appears to be a high rate of student absenteeism. In trying to combat the problem, school policy is used to control absenteeism.. Utilizing an attendance policy appears to be the response among today's school boards. Such policies vary from moderate to a restrictive and punitive style. The purpose of this paper is to review literature regarding the nature and the effect school attendance policies have on student absenteeism. Available research indicates there is clear evidence that a school attendance policy will help reduce student absenteeism. Furthermore, there is evidence that school attendance and achievement are related. Nevertheless, the scope of this paper will not include the area of school achievement. The goal of the 2 paper is to review various types of school attendance policies and discuss their effects on student absenteeism. Finally, the author will review special school programs that promote better attendance.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Norman McCumsey


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