Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism
Accurate as of August 31, 2021
Reopening Mandatory Requirements
Nassau BOCES will collect and report daily teacher/student engagement or attendance regardless of the instructional setting. Maintaining regular communication and positive relationships among teachers, counselors, and families is essential to keeping students engaged.
School Administrators will continue to monitor student attendance by adhering to Policy #5100 Student Attendance, when feasible, for all school schedules (i.e., in-person, remote and hybrid).
- In-Person School Schedule: Teachers will record daily attendance in our student management system based on the required daily scheduled student contact and engagement. School Administrators will generate daily reports to identify students who are absent and/or chronically absent.
- Remote School Schedule: Teachers and students are expected to participate in a minimum of two (2) synchronous check-in sessions during school hours. Note, when monitoring student attendance, consideration will be given to parent schedules, availability of technology or other barriers may preclude students from connecting with teachers at a certain time.
- Hybrid School Schedule: Teachers and students are expected to follow the in-person and remote attendance expectations.
Review Nassau BOCES Board Policy #5100 Student Attendance.
Nassau BOCES is committed to providing interventions to prevent and address health-related and mental health chronic absenteeism. We recognize that many factors will influence student attendance and may be greatly impacted by the instructional models provided; in-person, hybrid, and remote. The following measures are taken to address chronic absenteeism:
- Nurture a culture of attendance: communicate clearly to families and students what the attendance policy is and expectations for participating based on the model of instruction and track daily attendance, tardies, and student engagement in one central, secure location with a tool that helps you can quickly see how these data points impact student behavior.
- Early Identification and Intervention: each school regularly monitors attendance data and communicates with parents about issues as they arise and establish intervention plans which may include parent phone call, home visit, counseling, instructional modifications, engage community partners, etc.
Nassau BOCES programs provide a positive school culture which focuses on engaging teaching and learning practices. Student engagement refers to a student’s sense of belonging, safety, and involvement in school that leads to academic achievement, regular school attendance, and graduation. The following teaching practices are used to engage students in their own learning process:
- Active Learning: create a teaching and learning environment which encourages student participation, such as calling on students to answer a question, individual reflection, think pair share and group problem-solving.
- Cooperative Learning: students work with a partner or small groups to help them achieve learning goals. Group work can include assignments, discussions, reviews and lab experiments — even having students discuss a lesson with their peers.
- Experiential Learning: students building knowledge by doing (i.e. simulations, role plays, project-based learning, community service-learning projects, work-based learning experiences, and etc.).