Attendance Support Programs

High School Friends

Case Management

BASC’s Attendance Support Program staff include the Attendance Support Case Manager at Bemidji Middle School and Re-Engagement Case Manager at Bemidji High School.

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Missy Thomas

BASC Attendance Support Case Manager

Bemidji Middle School

missy_thomas@isd31.net

218-333-3215 ext. 57203

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MacKenzie Condon

BASC Re-Engagement Case Manager

Bemidji High School

Mackenzie_condon@isd31.net

218-444-1600 ext. 63151

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Purpose

This program works with students who are struggling with school attendance. School absenteeism can have many different causes. BASC case managers team up with youth and families using a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to help them identify needs, overcome barriers, connect to community and school resources, and prevent court involvement.  

BASC believes that culture is an important protective factor for students and families.  Our case managers seek to honor the role that culture plays in a youth’s life.
 

“My daughter has blossomed so much this year! Love seeing my happy, confident kid coming home from school again. Thank you for everything you did for us!”     

 

– BMS Parent

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”     

 

– Rita Pierson

"Good attendance helps boost students’ self-esteem and keeps them engaged, successful and on track for graduation.”     

 

– AttendanceWorks.org

This program is funded by:

  • A Community Crime Prevention grant administered by the State of Minnesota Office of Justice Programs, a division of the MN Department of Public Safety
     

  • Bemidji Public Schools, Independent School District 31
     

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Attendance Incentives

BASC provides mini-grants to schools in Beltrami County to encourage student attendance and engagement.  Each year, schools apply to receive the funding, proposing a plan that suits their particular building’s needs.  They share their results with BASC and other schools at PASS K-12 meetings.

This program is funded by a grant administered by the State of Minnesota Office of Justice Programs, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

 
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Be Present Beltrami

Be Present is a campaign to foster healthy youth engagement with school, family, and community. The campaign is coordinated by Beltrami Area Service Collaborative and funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

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This program is funded by a grant administered by the State of Minnesota Office of Justice Programs, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

 
 

Resources

Attendance Works https://www.attendanceworks.org/

Attendance Works promotes equal opportunities to learn and advances student success by inspiring and catalyzing policies and practices that prevent and reduce chronic absence.  Visit this website for the latest research, resources and ideas for building a culture of engagement in schools.


National Dropout Prevention Center https://dropoutprevention.org/

Promotes awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention.  Effective, research-based strategies that are trauma informed.

 

Seven Steps to Good Digital Parenting 

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Reduced academic performance is one of the most important consequences of social networking overuse for students. 

 

Live More Screen Less  

https://livemorescreenless.org/families-individuals