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How will schools track attendance? It’s likely to vary between districts across New York

How is attendance going to be tracked in the era of Coronavirus, hybrid learning models, and remote learning?

Well, it’s something that many districts are wrestling with even after plans have been released and approved.

In the spring, it was a mixed bag of forced live-classes held remotely. However, districts with higher median household income and access to reliable high speed internet were the ones making that move.

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Other districts did a daily check-in form. It’s not as direct as normal attendance if a student were in-person, but it’s better than nothing.

“In many schools and districts, large numbers of students did not log on or otherwise participate in online learning opportunities,” according to the State Education Department’s reopening guidance, which steered the opening plans each district had to craft for the fall.


“It is therefore critical for schools to use a variety of creative methods to reach out to students and their families who did not engage in distance learning.”

Teacher-student engagement will be tracked, per the state. However, it’s not entirely clear how the schools will make that happen.

Now, schools will have to rollout individual options for their own populations to ensure that students are heard from on a daily basis, even if they aren’t attending classes in-person.

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