By Chad Bryant, Guidance Counselor
I have had several parents ask how the school takes attendance during the 2020-21 school year. Of course, with the pandemic it has been hard for schools to track virtual attendance for students. Augusta Independent records daily participation (attendance) in Infinite Campus (IC) for all students whether they are in person or virtual. Compulsory attendance is still required by law and school districts must capture the participation and attendance of all students whether they or in person or learning remotely.
We base student participation off of the student’s engagement in the instructional process. Remember that student participation is not a reflection of the quality of the students work. For instance, if a student that is virtual logs into Google Classroom, they are counted as “participating” that day. It has no correlation on that student’s grade they have for that particular class.
At Augusta Independent, we record attendance/participation each instructional day. Students who are learning in-person will be considered “participating” by their presence in the classroom. Students who are learning virtually will be considered “participating” by the measurement of one of the following:
- One-on-one video communication or phone calls between teacher, student, and/or parent.
- Group video communication or phone calls between the teacher and a whole class or group of students.
- Student time logged into a learning management software system
- Student submission of assignments
Please remember that attendance/participation is still required during the pandemic. Whether in-person or virtual, Augusta Independent Schools will make all reasonable efforts to engage every student and enforce compulsory attendance laws and board policies for all students. Given that these are unusual times, Augusta Independent has been creative and flexible in attempts to engage students, especially those learning remotely. If you need help in meeting the needs of your child to overcome obstacles to student attendance and participation, please contact the school at 606-756-2105.