Attendance and Absent Work

 

How we educate our students is constantly evolving. Education today is not about sitting and listening to a teacher give information. It is about much more than worksheets or the questions at the end of the chapter. It involves students in active participation, collaboration, and discovery. When students are absent from school they miss these opportunities to learn. Teachers can make students and parents aware of the learning targets and assignments that they missed, but they cannot recreate the lesson and the learning. This is why attendance at school is so important. It is also why it is difficult for teachers to provide work to students who were, or will be, absent due to illness, vacation, or other reasons.

In addition, we have found that providing make-up information and work to students when they return to school is much more effective than providing it before a vacation or during an absence. Usually in those situations students are physically unable to do school work or they are not comfortable with the work because they missed the learning and have questions for the teacher. For these reasons, all absent work should be requested on the day that a student returns to school from an absence. Before that point, students and parents can access information through teachers' websites. Any make-up work that is assigned must be completed within the same number of school days that were missed. While teachers will provide support to students who have been absent, students should also understand that they will need to do some work independently using resources including, but not limited to, classmates, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library free online tutoring, Khan Academy, YouTube, and Seneca Tuesday After School Homework Help.  As an exception to this, there may be times when a teacher may decide to provide work before a planned absence. This will happen only at each individual teacher's discretion.

(Check out http://absencesaddup.org/ for information about school attendance.)

In summary:

  1. When students are absent from school they miss opportunities for active participation, collaboration, and discovery.
  2. All absent work should be requested on the day that a student returns to school from an absence.
  3. Before that point, students and parents can access information through teachers' websites.
  4. Any make-up work that is assigned must be completed within the same number of school days that were missed.
  5. Students will need to do some work independently using available resources.
  6. Teachers may give work prior to vacation at their discretion.