The definition of what constitutes attendance and the method for taking and recording attendance for online and remote learning coursework will vary depending upon the type, design, and function of the course. For example, attendance for a full online, self-paced course, may be defined as completion of all learning tasks assigned for a given week, while a synchronous online course with a real-time teacher may define attendance by verification of the student’s on-line presence during scheduled class time and documented evidence of student participation in interactive tutorials, facilitated discussions, and submission of classwork in real time. Examples of such evidence include, but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion or interactive white board work session; submission of an assignment or working draft; working through exercises, taking a quiz or exam, viewing and completing a tutorial task; initiating and participating with the teacher in course-related discussions.
Please note that in the context of online or computer based learning, documentation that a student has logged into an online student management system or approved online education resource, is not sufficient by itself to demonstrate academic attendance by the student. For example, if a student simply logs into an online course or class session on September 10 and stays online for the duration of the period before logging out, without demonstrating active participate and completion of class activities, the student would not receive credit for being in attendance that day.
Should school or District closure require the transition to remote learning, the District will publish specific guidance defining how student attendance will be defined, determined, and reported. For online courses offered by the District or through dual-enrollment opportunities that incorporate online instruction, the course syllabi will define what criteria will be used to determine student attendance.
The same definitions and parameters for excused and unexcused absences apply to online and remote learning attendance. All absences will be considered unexcused unless the parent provides written documentation that meets the criteria for an excused absence as defined in this Code of Conduct.