Attendance and Reengagement

NEWESD 101 Attendance & Reengagement Team Photo


NEWESD 101’s Attendance & Reengagement Program aims to reduce chronic absenteeism and help reconnect students and families who have become disconnected from school. Exacerbated by the pandemic, students and families have become disengaged from their education at unprecedented levels. To help school districts address this, we provide technical assistance and capacity building to establish and strengthen attendance and engagement systems that will keep students engaged long term. For targeted school districts, our reengagement specialists provide Tier 3 level supports to work with students experiencing severe chronic absence or who have been withdrawn from school.  

Services & Supports Offered to Districts

 Available to All Districts:  For Priority & Targeted Districts:
  • Attendance Awareness Campaign tools and social media content to support districts in building awareness among students & families of the value of regular attendance 
  • Professional Development for teachers or administrators on key topics such as Community Engagement Boards, setting up attendance teams, creating or improving early warning systems

  • Coaching to assist with integrating attendance & reengagement into the work of an existing school team, or establishing a new team to implement a school-wide attendance strategy

  • Reengagement Specialist able to support individual students and families to identify and overcome barriers to attendance and/or connect to alterative educational pathways
  • Professional Development Series offered by OSPI and the ESDs for district and building-level staff

  • District-Specific Collaboration Meetings focused on creating & implementing a team-based, multi-tiered approach to attendance


Join the 2023 Attendance Awareness Campaign!

This targeted communication campaign is designed to support school districts and building administrators to increase awareness of the value of regular attendance for students and families in your district. Check out the editable Canva templates and social media messages prepared by the ESD network and OSPI here under “2022 Washington Attendance Awareness Toolkit”. You can also access ready-to-post content from the Attendance Works Awareness Campaign 2023. We want all students in our region to know that we are thrilled to see them at school and we miss them when they’re gone!

To schedule a meeting to talk about how to launch a campaign in your school or district, or how to create an attendance awareness communication plan for your district or building, email Allyson Fritz, Attendance & Reengagement Coordinator, at [email protected].


Looking for resources you can use in your school or district to build engagement and reduce chronic absences? Check out these sites:


 Learn more about how we can support your school or district in this 1 minute video.

 Reengagement Options Flyer

FREE RESOURCE: Reengagement Options Flyer for Students and Families

  • Download this front-and-back flyer listing opportunities for reengaging in learning in Northeast Washington; it includes programs to earn a high school diploma, high school equivalency (GED), as well as gain job skills and more (flyer updated October 2022).
  • To create your own version of this flyer, edit this free template in canva to include options available in your district, and personalize with your logo and contact information. 


Meet the Attendance & Reengagement Specialists


Mary Belton

Serving East Valley High School

& Central Valley School District

[email protected] 


Tanya Renteria

Serving Holmes Elementary & Stevens Elementary

[email protected]



Jovita Boatner

Serving Yasuhara Middle School

[email protected]





Vanessa Rodriguez Herrera

Serving Logan Elementary

[email protected]


To learn more or discuss partnering contact:


Allyson Fritz, MSW, Attendance & Reengagement Coordinator
[email protected]

Terrance Nixon, Director
[email protected]

Darren Nelson, Assistant Superintendent, NEWESD 101
[email protected]

NEWESD can support districts in creating & implementing a Tiered Approach to Attendance:

Tiered Approach to Attendance

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