What are YOUR attendance policies

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  1. marcus903

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    List any attendance policies you have in your classroom. What happens when a student is absent? What are the consequences of being late?

    I will list my schools' attendance policies for each of my classes.



    School Attendance PolicyAt my school, each student are to go to their classes immediately after the bell rings. If you have 3 or more tardies, you will be put on Saturday Detention. If your tardies continues to become a habit, you can be referred to Central Office.

    Classroom Attendace policies

    Hour 1: Each student are to come in and take their folder. At the end of the hour, students must give their folder to the teacher. Anyone who forgets to grab their folder or give it the teacher at the end of the hour will be marked absent. And if we take our folders too late, we will be marked tardy.

    Hour 2: Each student are to come in the classrooms and take
    their seats. Anyone who comes in late will be marked late.

    Hour 3: Same as Hour 2
    Hour 4: Same as Hour 3
    Hour 5: LUNCH
    Hour 6: Students are too come in and take their seats. Anyone not in their seats will be marked tardy.

    Hour 7: Anyone who comes in late is marked tardy. This teacher used to mark anyone who is not in their seats tardy but she stopped doing that for some reason.

    Hour 8: Same as Hour 3

    Now what are YOUR classroom attendace policies?
     
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  3. czacza

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    Marcus, what kind of school do you attend that has Saturday detention?
     
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    I'm at an elementary school. Anyone who comes in after the national anthem in the morning must get a "late slip" from the office and is marked late. After lunch, I mark anyone late who isn't in the classroom when I take attendance, usually 3-4 minutes after they have come in to the school (this gives them time to get upstairs, go to their lockers, get a quick drink at the fountain).

    My daughter is in high school. If students are late for class, the parents receive an email and an automated phone call in the evening stating which class(es) the student was late to or absent from.
     
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    Several teachers here have mentioned "Saturday school" at various times. I have to look twice every time I see it; this is the only place I have ever heard of it (I know it wouldn't "fly" here at all.)
     
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    I don't know of any public schools that have classes or detention on weekends...HS sports teams have games, but no 'school'...Kids AND teachers need weekends to rejuvenate!:D
     
  7. JustMe

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    Plenty of public schools I know of have Saturday schools. We used to, but teacher interest in working those days faded.

    My school's attendance policy is apparently "Come if you want." Ugh.
     
  8. czacza

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    Interesting...were teachers who worked on Saturdays paid more? Or did they work on Saturdays in lieu of another day?

    Not surprised that interest in working on Saturdays 'faded'.
     
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    There are still plenty in other schools who have teachers jump at the opportunity, but I would never. Never, I tell you! :)

    It is in addition to the regular workweek and teachers are paid $25 per hour which is standard for additional duties. All the "Saturday School" sessions I know of are until around noon.
     
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    I've heard of Satuday detensions too. My high school I attended had it. And in my last district, one of the schools had 6 weeks of intensive Saturday sessions to get the kids ready for the CSTs. Many teachers signed up for the extra pay. I would sign up in a heart beat if it was a temporary thing. Extra cash never hurts. :D

    For the OP, if the student is absent, then they are required to catch up on homework. For being late, if it is a one time thing or every now and then, then we don't make it a big issue (I'm elementary). If it's becomes a pattern then they are sarbed and parent must sign a contract.
     
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    Any student who comes in after the 8:10 bell must sign in with the office and bring a note to class. For all classes after that, the teacher just keeps track of the tardies. We don't really have much of an issue with that, but every year we have a few students who are chronically late for class. They usually end up on hallway restrictions, which means that they are escorted to class.

    For absences, if they are excused we are allowed to give students the work they missed. If they are unexcused, the teachers is under no obligation to give the students work. After a certain number of unexcused absences, the truancy officer (ironically named Skip) makes home visits and/or takes parents to court.
     
  12. czacza

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    Skip...:lol: you can't make this stuff up!:rofl::toofunny:
     
  13. Sarge

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    They line up on their number.

    They follow me into class when I get there.

    If they are not there, I mark them absent.

    They get to leave when I tell them it's time to leave.
     
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    Do students ever actually forget and actually get marked absent or tardy? If so, this is highly illegal. If you are in the room, you are present. Period. If the teacher knowingly marks you tardy or absent when you were not tardy or absent, then they are actually falsifying legal, government documents.
     
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    I currently attend a school for the gifted and talented. Yes, it has saturday detention. Not to sound rude or nothing, but is there a problem with that?
     
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    A problem? No.
    Would I want to work on a Saturday after teaching all week? No.

    As I said, I don't know of any public (or private for that) schools in my area that run educational programs on weekends.
     
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    The teacher probably doesn't know it's against the law. And if I tell him, he will think that I'm trying to blend the rules. However, there is some students in my class who don't even take the folder on purpose. So illegal or not, they basically deserves to be tardy.

    Also, he allows us to go to a different teacher when we are not doing any planned assignments and if the teacher does not have a class. So if we check in with him, he will mark us present.

    All my other teachers does the same thing.
     
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    I worked at a high school that had Saturday School. Teachers who were interested could work it at the"hourly rate" in the contract.
    Students were required to bring school work. It was run similar to an after school detention.
     
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    Well, what grade and school level do you teach? If it is in a elementary school or K-12 school, then they probably don't have saturday detention.

    Let me tell you how this saturday detention at my school works:

    First, an assistant principal must assign the detention to the student. If the student is being naughty and/or has 3 or more tardies, he will be placed on saturday detention. At the end of the week, the assistant principal hands out the detention letters. Then, on a saturday, the students must attend saturday detention. If the student does NOT attend saturday detention, he will be suspended instantly.

    Currently, they are not doing saturday detention because the school year is almost over.
     
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    I don't have any attendance policy. I enforce the school's policy. It says that, if you're not in the room when the bell rings, you're late.

    We do have Saturday detention, but it's run through the dean's office, and has nothing to do with me.
     
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    I'm elementary, but I repeat I know of NO public or private schools in my area at any level that have Saturday school. 'Naughty' students face their consequences during the week.

    I don't understand professional educators in any school, gifted and talented school or not, who would treat student attendance so cavalierly as you have described.
     
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    So you're saying that bad students shouldn't be in saturday detention?

    Czacza, you know, saturday detention was made for a reason. I come from a school where half of the students have mental problems. They do things like whining about me 'snitching', jump at me, use the N word, bully others, swear too much, show inappropiate things on their phones, disobey teachers and throw things at me when they were asked kindly to stop. You're saying that THOSE students should NOT be in school on a saturday because they were naughty? Do you think administration are going to let them show up to class late more than 5 times? No. Saturday Detention was made to punish a student and make them sit in a room for 2 hours straight.

    I'm sorry if this is rude, but I'm just letting you know.
     
  23. czacza

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    If your school has Saturday detention, 'naughty' kids should be there as determined by school policy. I prefer to not work at school on weekends. My district doesn't have such weekend detention, nor does the high school into which we feed.


    Just curious though...how do you know that half the kids have 'mental problems'? Is this a special ed school other than being for G&T kids? Of course the gifted population includes learners of all types, but it's hard to imagine such a high proportion of students in a rigorous gifted and talented program would have 'mental problems'....or is that your perception of them and not actual data? Again, 'mental' tends not to be a term used by educators on these forums when referring to students so I'm not quite sure to what you are referring.
     
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    No, by "mental problems" I don't mean they are in special education nor do I mean they have disabilities. It is a G&T school (I do not know what makes it a G&T school though). Also, I didn't say that ALL the students have mental problems, but some of them act like they do. Also, what I mean by "Mental problems" is that they are in high school but don't act like high school students. Some of them constantly throw papers and pencil at me and tries to hide it so I can blame it on another student, some of them likes to bully others and hold the class up by talking and acting up. That's what I mean by "mental problems".

    Now here's my question for you czacza, have you ever had to deal with these type of students?
     
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    Both high schools I've worked in have Saturday detentions. Teachers sign up to proctor and are paid per hour.
     
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    Marcus, I've had students who misbehave. However I have excellent classroom and behavior management skills so most 'naughty' behaviors are managed without the need for administrative action.

    You didn't say ALL the students have 'mental problems'. You did say half do. I wouldn't categorize behavioral problems as 'mental problems'. As I told you, it's not a term that educated professionals use when discussing students.
     
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    Okay, I understand but you don't have to repeat yourself over and over again.

    It's good that you haven't dealt with administrative actions because almost all of my teachers have to deal with administration because of immature students. (some of my teachers call students 'immature' so that is a term that educated professionals use).
     
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    I'm quite aware of terms that educated professionals use, thank you.

    I repeat myself when you don't seem to process or understand what I've presented. Sometimes, educated professionals have to present ideas several times, in different ways, for students to understand.
     
  29. Major

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    Marcus, is it just me? ...:confused::confused:...

    You seem to write/post on several different levels....... one level seems to be what an early high school freshman would write ...(when you "might" be stumbling for words ... ) .... and yet other posts seem more or less written by an educated 20 something year old.

    How do you do switch from one level to another, Marcus? .... Just curious, nothing more than that .......... Cheers.......... Major
     
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    I'm not seeing different levels. I do question Marcus's motive and purpose, however.
     
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    What do you mean by that?
     
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    Only what I said, marcus ...... On some posts you seem to write like a very young person might write.. (nothing derogatory meant by that) .... and on other posts you seem to be in full command of the language .... almost beyond your young high school years ..... (Go back and read some of your replies .... and you just might agree with me)

    Does that makes sense? In any event I meant no harm ......
     
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    It can turn into a huge liability issue. Suppose somebody accuses you of a committing a crime when you had been marked absent in Mr. Worksheet's class. The only problem is that you were in class just like you were supposed to be and did not commit the crime.

    The prosecuting attorney will subpoena the schools attendance records, which will show you were not there. Your defense attorney will call Mr. Worksheet in as a witness. Your liberty, perhaps your very life, will depend on Mr. Worksheet testifying that he falsified official government documents.

    The main thing is that if Mr. Worksheet had taken attendance properly like good teachers are supposed to, you would not have even been charged with the crime.
     
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    I worked at an elementary school that had Saturday school for behavior and attendance issues.

    Our students are tardy if they are not in he classroom when the tardy bell rings and we take attendance at 9:30.
     
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    My district has Saturday School. 16 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools, but only one site has the Sat School. There certainly aren't enough "offenders" to have it at each site. Any teacher in the district can volunteer for Sat School, they get paid by the hour. I think there are 5 teachers each Saturday. One of the teachers I worked with last year did it, but he only did it half the time so I assume there are only 10 teachers district wide who want to do it. My Saturdays are not going to be spent at work, so more power to those who want to do it.
     
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    My district has Saturday Detention and Saturday Academy (For extra help/tutoring, preparing for State Testing) as well. Saturday Detention is only at the 2 Middle schools and 2 High Schools.

    Any teacher at that school wishing to volunteer to do Saturday Detention recieves compensation for it.

    Saturday Academy: Teachers also recieve compensation for that as well.
     

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