Timing and the environment are factors that need to be considered when approaching a student, in order to ensure they feel safe and comfortable. You need to choose a time and place where you can speak to the student in private. When expressing concern for the student, it is important to be explicit and to identify specific behaviours you have observed or heard that are causing you to be worried.
Starting the conversation:
- “I’ve noticed you have been missing class lately and I am concerned about you.”