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 FoundationOhio 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.

Download The Attendance Awareness Month Calendar

Download The Attendance Awareness Month Calendar

Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide recognition of the connection between regular school attendance and academic achievement. This month recognizes the importance of mobilizing schools, families , and community partners to promote regular attendance by developing tiered strategies and personalized interventions to reduce chronic absence. View this flyer to find out how you can participate!



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.

Why Attendance Matters

G2S - Attendance - 89%

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

G2S - Attendance - 65%

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

G2S - Attendance - 260k

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

G2S - Attendance - 10%

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

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10-Year Attendance Goals

10-Year Attendance Goal

A student who misses as few as two days of school a month is considered chronically absent. Ohio's current rate of chronic absenteeism is nearly 17 percent — or approximately 260,000 students. Over the next 10 years, the Stay in the Game! Network seeks to cut that rate in half — to 8.5 percent, or approximately 130,000 students. While this goal might seem ambitious, it is certainly worthwhile considering the risks associated with chronic absenteeism.

Over the next 10 years, the Network will plan tiered attendance work with education agencies to help reach its goal including, campaigns, continuous improvement support in piloting interventions, and dissemination of district-proven strategies.  Data show that chronically absent students in Ohio are 89 percent less likely to graduate on time from high school and 65 percent less likely to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Every day a student attends school is precious.
 The Network needs your support to help remove barriers to attendance, mitigate negative school experiences, and address lack of engagement and misconceptions, which contribute significantly to chronic absenteeism.

Find out how you can help by visiting the Stay in the Game! websiteand Ohio Department of Education website.

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