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Attendance Reminder

Parents,

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the attendance process for students participating in the A/B Hybrid Model or in 100% Virtual Learning.  In response to the changes with in-person learning, attendance procedures were modified this year to support the different learning models.
 
For A/B Hybrid Students:
  • Days students are scheduled to be in school (synchronous days)--Students need to physically be in the classroom to be marked "Present"  If they are absent, they should bring a note from a parent or a health care provider when they return to school.
  • Days students are learning from home (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete.  Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance.  If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.
For 100% Virtual Students:
  • Days students are scheduled to Zoom for class (synchronous days)--There are several ways students may be counted present:
    • Students need to participate in the Live Zoom session to be marked "Present." 
    • Students unable to participate in the Live Zoom but turn in the assigned work within five days will be marked "Present."
    • Students absent from a Live Zoom, and no work is assigned that day, may have the absence excused with a note from the parent.
  • Days students are not on Zoom (asynchronous days)--Students are marked "Present" when work assigned for that day is complete.  Student work turned in within 5 days of the due date will be used to demonstrate attendance. If there is no assignment for a class on an asynchronous day, the student would be considered "Present" for class on that day.
We realize the attendance procedure is more complex this year than during a traditional school year.  However, the modifications allow flexibility for students and also address concerns for students who are unable to participate in live Zoom sessions for virtual learning.  Students are held accountable for their work and we need your assistance to make sure they are completing their assignments.  Teachers and principals will be reaching out to parents regarding missing grades and discussing strategies for improvement. Please take advantage of the PowerSchool Parent Portal for checking on your child's grades on a regular basis.
 
This year is certainly presenting many challenges for everyone. In spite of the unusual situation, our goal is to keep students on track with their learning.  I am confident that we can accomplish this by all of us working together.  Thank you for your continued support of your child's education during these challenging times.