Resources for Schools

Talking Points for Parents

Talking Points – Parents

Missing School Matters has developed a guide specifically for talking with parents about attendance. A Spanish version is available here.






MSM Parent Guide

Parent’s Guide to Attendance

This nurse-approved guide can be shared directly with parents to assist families in supporting their child’s attendance. A Spanish version is available here.




MSM HoMSM Holiday Flyer Previewliday Flyer

Share this flyer with students and families to promote consistent attendance during the winter holiday season. The flyer is written in both English and Spanish.






MSM Spring Break Flyer

MSM Spring Break Flyer

Share this flyer as Spring Break approaches to encourage families to travel only during the designated vacation period. The Spanish version is available here.







Talking PointsTalking Points

Everyone in our community needs to understand the importance of attendance, starting in the early grades and continuing through high school. It’s important to stress a few key messages. This guide tells you:

What to say to parents

What to say to students

What to say to policy makers, educators and businesses





Attendance Every Day

This brochure highlights the roles schools, communities, and parents can play in promoting attendance.




Texas Attendance Brochure

Texas Attendance Facts

This brochure is tailored specifically for Texas public schools and explains policies relating to attendance, as well as ways families can avoid absences.





Tips - MS and HS

Tips for Parents of Middle and High School Students

This flier emphasizes facts and actions that are especially helpful for parents of older students. Download the Spanish version here.






Hard to Reach Parents

Getting in Touch with Hard to Reach Parents

This guide from Attendance Works provides suggestions for reaching out to families struggling with attendance issues.





Attendance Improvement Plan
Attendance Improvement Plan

Teachers or administrators can guide parents of chronically absent students in developing and carrying out this attendance improvement plan. The Spanish version is available here.




Want More?

Parent Engagement Toolkit

Check out the Parent Engagement Toolkit provided by America’s Promise Alliance!





AISD Toolkit

Austin Independent School District has also developed a Attendance Communications Toolkit with informational materials for parents that can serve as a model for your school or district.




Attendance Works Site

Attendance Works provides a wealth of resources in its toolkits for schools, as well.