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.