Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Shawn Bultsma

Academic Year



The impact of regular school attendance is invaluable for students, especially at-risk children. COVID 19 has presented many challenges for students, including absenteeism. Today, many public schools ask that students stay home when ill or test positive for COVID 19. Although this is important for the health and safety of students, it has also sent mixed messages to some families, especially those that previously struggled to attend school regularly. Absenteeism is rising; research has shown it negatively impacts academic success. More than ever, schools need to take steps to combat absenteeism and help students and their families see education in a positive light. This project aims to review literature related to absenteeism, find common themes to improve student attendance, and develop a small group intervention system that can be used at the elementary level to increase student attendance.

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