Information in the menus below was updated in February 2020. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s host: Anton Birioukov-Brant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
People, groups, and organizations
Not for profit
- The Pathways to Education is a national organization that aims to increase graduation rates in low socioeconomic communities throughout Canada. Although their primary focus is on dropout prevention, the group does extensive work to decrease absenteeism.
- Anxiety Canada is an organization that is focused on alleviating and helping individuals cope with anxiety related issues.
- The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services is an organization that involves provincial attendance counselors who work with students with high levels of absenteeism.
- Restorative Resolutions is a company that offers workshops and coaching for staff to manage absenteeism, as well as some resource on absenteeism.
- School Mental Health Ontario is an organization that works with school districts to support student mental health, including issues pertaining to school anxiety.
Current and upcoming activities and achievements
- 2020 June: The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services will be holding its annual conference.
- 2019 December: A publication on absenteeism. Birioukov-Brant, A., & Brant-Birioukov, K. (2019). Policy with an asterisk: Understanding how staff in alternative school settings negotiate a mandatory attendance policy to meet the needs of their students. Frontiers in Education.
- 2019 October: A chapter outlining Canada’s truancy rates as reported on PISA 2015 OECD. (2019). Canada. In Education Policy Outlook 2019: Working Together to Help Students Achieve their Potential. OECD Publishing, Paris.
- 2019: A publication on absenteeism. Ogilvie, S., Head, S., Parekh, S., Heintzman, J., & Preyde, M. (2019). Association of school engagement, academic difficulties and school avoidance with psychological difficulties among adolescents admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36, 419-427.
Past activities and achievements
- 2019 June: Jamie Anderson (University of Calgary) presented a paper titled “Absenteeism as activism: When LGBTQ2S+ youth skip gym class” at the 2019 Canadian Society for the Study of Education
- 2019 June: Anton Birioukov-Brant (University of Ottawa) and Kiera Brant-Birioukov (University of British Columbia) presented a paper titled “Navigating the ethical dilemmas inherent in enforcing compulsory attendance policies” at the 2019 Canadian Society for the Study of Education.
- 2019 June: The Ontario Association for Counselling and Attendance Services held its second annual conference.
- 2019 May, 31: Dr. Paul W. Bennet published a report entitled “Missing in action: School storm days, student absenteeism and the workplace.”
- 2019 May, 2: The ‘Fix Our Schools’ group in Ontario link poor schools’ conditions to absenteeism.
- 2019 April: Publication on absenteeism. Muhajarine, N., McRae, D., & Soltanifar, M. (2019). Aboriginal status and neighborhood income inequality moderate the relationship between school absenteeism and early childhood development. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 1347-1362.
- 2019 January: The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released a report on student absenteeism in Newfoundland & Labrador.
- 2018 November: Dr. Jay Beck had a presentation titled “Mental Health Issues in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Helping Children & Adolescents” at the Edmonton Educator’s Conference.
Helpful links and other resources
- Anxiety Canada has a number of resources concerning school anxiety and refusal.
- The Alberta Education Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement (OSAR) has a number of resources regarding school attendance. See this link.
- The Manitoba Ministry of Education has attendance related resources directed at educators, parents, and students. See this link.
- In September 2017 the Nova Scotia Ministry of Education has released its new attendance policy.