Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counseling and Human Services

First Advisor

Anquinetta Calhoun

City

Winona, MN

Abstract

This Capstone literature review discusses a school counselor’s role in increasing attendance in schools. The review discusses the common risk factors of absenteeism and the new risk factors that arose after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the strategies that school professionals should use to increase engagement in learning, increase school attendance, and check on the well-being of identified student populations. The review brings light to several strategies that may help counselors increase school attendance with online education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies include: incorporation of gameplay into lessons, keeping consistency with the lesson formats when possible, encouraging autonomy, and incorporating hands-on lessons into homework.

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