Ed100 Parent Leader Guide: Attendance and School Climate

Attendance and School Climate

Great content for your parent meetings

Designed to help busy leaders, this ready-to-go guide makes it easy for you to have conversations that matter. It’s all here: Lessons, sample email invitations, discussion prompts, suggestions on how to take action, and resources including handouts and additional reading.

(Still not sure what this guide is all about? Read the Getting Started section first!


The Basics
(Ed100 Lessons to Read and Share)

This section includes lessons and posts to help you develop your school climate and build attendance. Follow these links to read the lessons; scroll down for suggestions about how to use and share them.

School Climate: What Makes a School Good

Ed100 Lesson 5.10: "A growing body of research backs up the common sense observation that a safe school climate matters, and it can be developed intentionally."

English Spanish

Absences: Don't Miss Class

Ed100 Lesson 4.8: "Parents and PTAs can help get kids to school on time. Share this lesson with all your families and school staff. Let them know the importance of regular attendance. The lesson links to time-proven strategies that really work."

English Spanish

Discipline and Safety: Who Rules the School?

Ed100 Lesson 5.13: "When kids get into trouble at school, teachers must decide how to respond. Should they ignore it?"

English Spanish

Communication Resources and Samples

Email or Newsletter
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Is our school climate as we want it?

School is a huge part of our kids' lives. It's not just about lessons and standards -- school is part of growing up. I'm writing to share lessons with you from Ed100.org related to school climate. These lessons can help us think through important questions like these: Does our school feel like a safe place for learning? What happens when things go wrong?

The California State PTA is working with Ed100.org to help create better-informed school communities. The lessons linked below each take about five minutes to read, and they are available in both English and Spanish. By learning together, we will have more fun, learn more, and have a much bigger chance of turning insights into actions for our school. When you go to Ed100.org, please sign in and remember to select our school in your profile. This will help us keep track of our progress... and might help us win some money in one of Ed100.org's drawings, too!

Please join our school's Ed100 team on ___date at ___time in ___location. We will be discussing the lessons below:

Looking forward to great conversations!

Social Media
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We’re discussing school climate and attendance topics with Ed100.org’s Parent Leader Guide at our meeting this month.
Read the lessons and come share your thoughts!


Join us at our ____ meeting at _____ for community discussions. This month we’ll be learning more about attendance and school climate with Ed100. Looking forward to great conversations!



Can we improve our school climate? We’re learning about it with @Ed100_ at our _/_ meeting at ____. Join us!


Join us #/# at __pm to discuss #schoolclimate using @ed100_ info. Let's make a difference at our school!

Getting Ready for Your Meeting
(Discussion Prompts, Ideas for Action and Resources)

Discussion Prompts

  • What did you learn from the pre-reading materials from Ed100?
  • Is our school a supportive and inviting place for students to learn?
  • What happens at our school when students break the rules? Is it working the way it should?
  • How does our school communicate with families about school absences? Is absenteeism a problem at our school? Is it getting better or worse, and why? What's working?
  • How often does our school suspend students as a disciplinary measure? Are there patterns in its application?

Ideas for Action

  • Ask your district leaders: is there a plan to review policies about school climate, including attendance and school discipline? How can parents add their voice?
  • What measurements is the school district using related to school climate for its LCAP report? How are the measurements collected? Is the district using the California Healthy Kids Survey? (In English and Spanish.) Where are the results being shared?
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