How will teachers take attendance during online learning?
Alief ISD will determine a student to be remote asynchronous present for attendance when at least one of the following occurs by 11:59 pm of each school day. For virtual attendance, students will have until 11:59 pm to show engagement in any given class for that day. After 11:59 pm, students can still submit late work to be incorporated into their grade, but that work would not count for attendance credit for the date it was due.
The requirements below are for attendance purposes only. Your child should be doing more than what is listed below for instructional purposes.
Curricular progress evidenced from teacher/student interactions made that day. A student can use a variety of methods to contact and interact with the teacher to be counted present for attendance. This contact could be real-time, visual/verbal such as when the student watches the real-time lesson or has a virtual meeting during a teacher’s office hours. The interaction could also be in written form such as when the student messages the teacher in Schoology, sends the teacher an email, or participates in a whole-class discussion board with the teacher. Any of these interactions will be used to count the student present.
Interactions for students in some special education programs and for students in PK - 2nd would also include the parent interacting with the teacher on behalf of the student (the parent messages the teacher in Schoology or the parent sends an email to the teacher).
The number of interactions required to be counted present for attendance is listed below: PK - 2nd: at least 1 interaction per day 3rd - 6th: at least 1 interaction per day 7th -12th: at least 1 interaction per day, per course
Completion and submission of assignments planned for that day.
A student must submit proof in Schoology of completing the assignments the teacher posted for that day to be counted present for attendance. Assignments could be work in a computer program, projects, labs, tasks, assessments, warm-ups, exit tickets, or discussion board posts.
The number of assignments required to be counted present for attendance is listed below:
PK - 2nd: at least 1 assignment per day 3rd - 6th: at least 1 assignment per day 7th - 12th: at least 1 assignment per day, per course
What do I do if my child must be absent?
If your child is able to complete the day's work, encourage them to log in to Schoology and do as much school work as possible. Your child has until 11:59PM each night to earn the attendance credit for that day for his or her classes.
You can take a picture of the doctor note, court note, religious holy day note, therapy note, immigration court appearance note, etc. and attach it to an email or you can fax it to the school. If you do not have an excuse note from a doctor or other source, then you can send a parent note by typing an email with the reason for the absence as the parent excuse note or you can write a parent excuse note and fax it to the school.
All emails and faxes should include the student’s full name, ID #, grade level, dates of the absence and the name and phone number of the person sending the note. Details about the reason for the absence should be included so the campus can correctly code the absence.
How will attendance impact class credit and truancy?
90% Class Credit
The 90% law still applies this year. Kindergarten - 12th grade students are required to attend at least 90% of the days the class is offered to receive credit for the course or be promoted to the next grade level.
Kindergarten - 8th grade: credit is lost at 18 total absences for the year
9th -12th grade: credit is lost for a course at 10 total absences in a class period for the semester
Kerr HS: credit is lost for a course at 5 total absences in a class period for the term
Truancy laws will apply to students who fail to attend school in-person or online school. A truancy case could be submitted to the court when:
Students who are 12 years old and older: the student has 14 unexcused absences in a 6-month period
Parents of Pre-K - 12th graders: the student has 14 unexcused absences in a 6-month period