Stay in the Game

ATTENDANCE + ENGAGEMENT = SUCCESS


Student success starts with attendance and engaged learning, either in person or remotely. Students who are absent from school or remote education experiences miss important learning opportunities, which can be difficult, or even impossible, to make up. The mission of the Stay in the Game! Keep Learning Every Day Network (the Stay in the Game! Network) is to prioritize attendance by connecting its users to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism. The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground are deeply committed to this mission.

The Stay in the Game! Network is an adaptation of Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network. The name change reflects the current environment where schools may not necessarily be able to host in-school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the circumstances, the Network will continue to encourage students to maintain a strong educational-going mindset and keep learning, every day.

WHY ATTENDANCE MATTERS


89%

Chronically absent students in Ohio are 89% less likely to graduate on time from high school

65%

Chronically absent students in Ohio are 65% less likely to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

260k

More than 260,000 Ohio students were chronically absent last year

18 (or 10%)

Ohio chronically absent student = 2 absences per month x 9 months in a school year

A NETWORK APPROACH TO IMPROVING ATTENDANCE


There is power in a network of unique partners and collaborators who join together to solve challenges and better support Ohio’s most vulnerable students. That power of partnership is what fuels the Stay in the Game! Network. Prior to the statewide Network’s launch, individual partners and collaborators were working separately to improve student attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. The Stay in the Game! Network unites partners and collaborators to leverage individual strengths—such as deploying attendance-focused campaigns, sharpening school improvement plans, launching specific attendance strategies and evaluating the impact of those strategies—to better support Ohio’s schools and districts through collective impact. The Stay in the Game! Network is committed to providing Ohio’s educators, students, parents, families and caregivers with access to quality tools and strategic counsel aimed at elevating attendance and putting an end to chronic absenteeism.

During the 2019-20 school year, the Stay in the Game! Network partnered with 14 school districts to support intensive student attendance initiatives, resulting in increased student attendance. These partnerships benefited nearly 85,000 students. For the 2020-21 school year, the Stay in the Game! Network will again partner with 14 school districts, benefitting nearly 90,000 students. All partner districts are on-track to develop and implement an attendance campaign using #StayInTheGame messaging to address both in-person attendance and remote education opportunities at the start of the school year.

HOW CAN YOU HELP KIDS STAY IN THE GAME?

Access our resources to help improve student attendance and engaged learning in your community.


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