Attendance in a Remote Setting
School attendance has always been important. Research has shown a correlation between student attendance and student graduation.
Our students gain more than just knowledge when they participate in learning alongside their peers in rich and challenging environments; they gain the support and development that comes with being in community with peers.
This year, learning in a remote environment, it is important to know that attendance is just as important as ever.
Our schools are expected to take attendance every day. Following are the ways in which our schools account for student attendance on synchronous and asynchronous learning days:
“Live” or Synchronous Instruction Days:
On days where “live” or synchronous instruction is happening, teachers will take attendance based on who is participating in their Classroom Teams meeting. Students can show that they are present by turning their cameras on or indicating that they are there in the chat feature.
There may be some circumstances when a student can’t make a synchronous class time on a given day but is able to log into their Classroom Teams later that day and engage in the learning activities for that class. Under new state rules (WAC 392-401A), when teachers are provided evidence of student’s engaging in the learning activities for the day, they can also mark the student as being present.
Asynchronous Instruction Days:
On days where learning is asynchronous such as Wednesdays, students can demonstrate that they have attended by logging into their Classroom Teams and participating in the learning activities that their teacher has designed. It is important to note that while asynchronous work can be completed on different days, students are still expected to log in to Classroom Teams (or other platform as directed by their teacher) on Wednesday to show evidence of participation for that day.
Reporting an Absence:
If your child is unable to attend school on either a synchronous or asynchronous day, please contact the school to report the absence. Each school has an “Attendance Line” phone number or email address for families to use to report the absence as excused. You can reach our school at InglewoodAttendance@lwsd.org.