Attendance During Online Education at Traditional Schools

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    Online learning began March 30, 2020 as a result of school closures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Student Services Department has adapted the content of this page to help guide students and parents through ensuring they are counted each school day.

    How are students counted as “engaged” for a school day?

    Each school day requires a fresh login at sso.browardschools.com where users will be routed to the Clever Portal.

    If students are logged in from a previous day, it is important to click on the name at the top right of the screen to log out, then login in again to register a fresh count for the day.

    Log out Clever

    Is my child marked absent if a “fresh” login was not recorded through the Clever Portal?

    No. A new attendance code has been created to identify students that did not have a new login for a school day.

    Students will be identified as missing a verified login. This code does NOT represent an absence. The new attendance code allows schools to identify students that are consistently identified without a login. Our goal is to connect 100% of our students to online learning.

    Do parents need to report an excuse if there was a call about their child not logging in the previous day?

    Parents do not have to report a singular missed login for the school to change the code. The “no login” code is not counted as an absence and will not count against a student.

    The reminder call for student logins is to help ensure that all students are accessing the online learning environment and that they are counted by the Clever Portal each school day. Other apps within Clever (like Canvas or D2L) do not have the same ability to report student logins.

    Parents of students that are not able to connect to the learning environment should call the school to find out what assistance can be offered to ensure their child has an opportunity to learn.

  • (3-29-2020) How is attendance/engagement counted starting March 30 for virtual education?

    Students login at sso.browardschools.com to enter school for the day. The District will include the student's login for the daily attendance count.

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  • (3-13-2020) Announcement: Schools will be closed beginning March 16, 2020.

    At a press conference on Friday, March 13, 2020, Broward Schools announced that schools will be closed beginning March 16, 2020. 

    Parents will not have to report absences during school closures. Attendance books will be updated and revised to reflect school closures.

  • (3-12-2020) How will absences be excused for precautions related to COVID-19?

    Parents must report their child's absence directly to the school. The school must be able to code the reason for absence accurately.

    Absences can be reported from the school's website via the online absence form, the attendance hotline, or by note to the front office.

  • (3-12-2020) We are keeping our child home as a precaution. How do we report the absence to be excused?

    If your child has not had contact with someone that is likely to have COVID-19 and you are keeping your child home as a precaution to mitigate the spread of disease, use the following process:

    Option 1: Online Absence Form

    1. From the school's website, go to Contact, then select Report an Absence
    2. Click "REPORT ABSENCE ONLINE" to expand the form
    3. Line 7. Reason for Absence: select "Special Event (Principal approved)"
    4. Line 8. Explanation: Type "Precautions related to COVID-19"
    5. Complete the rest of the form and click Submit. A copy of the submission will be emailed to you.

    Option 2: Attendance Hotline

    1. On your child's school website, call the attendance hotline phone number listed in the Contact Information box of the Report an Absence page.
    2. Call to leave a message with all of the necessary information for the attendance clerk to record the absence.

  • (3-12-2020) My child has symptoms similar to COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). How should I report the absence?

    If your child has flu-like symptoms, the District recommends keeping your child away from school for at least 3 days and until the child is symptom-free for 3 consecutive days.

    Report the absence as an "illness of student." 

    Option 1: Online Absence Form

    1. From the school's website, go to Contact, then select Report an Absence
    2. Click "REPORT ABSENCE ONLINE" to expand the form
    3. Line 7. Reason for Absence: select "Illness of student"
    4. Line 8. Explanation: Type a brief explanation for the attendance clerk.
    5. Complete the rest of the form and click Submit. A copy of the submission will be emailed to you.

    Option 2: Attendance Hotline

    1. On your child's school website, call the attendance hotline phone number listed in the Contact Information box of the Report an Absence page.
    2. Call to leave a message with all of the necessary information for the attendance clerk to record the absence.

  • (3-12-2020) How do I report the absence if my child has been medically diagnosed with COVID-19?

    The District codes communicable diseases differently from typical illnesses for students. 

    • If the student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, on the Online Absence Form select "Student has a communicable disease."
    • For "Line 8. Explanation:" on the online form, please indicate the diagnosis.

    If you choose to call the Attendance Hotline, please indicate in your message that the child has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • ATTENDANCE REPORTS

    Student attendance has a strong correlation to academic achievement as identified by the U.S. Department of Education. Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for all public schools in Broward County for the 2018/19 school year was 93.8%. The reports below provide snapshots of district-wide attendance for all public schools from elementary, middle, high, multi-level schools, and center schools.

    Chronic absenteeism has been included in the Attendance Brief beginning with the 2016/17 report. Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student missing 10% or more full school days (including absences that are excused, unexcused, or external suspensions). This metric operates as an Early Warning Indicator for students missing days throughout the school year.

    • Example: In the first 30 days of school, a student that was absent 3 days may receive phone calls from teachers, support from other school staff, and strategies and interventions for the family to help prevent the student from missing too many days before the end of the school year.

    Official reports for attendance are created by the Student Assessment & Research Department in collaboration with the Student Services Department and the Coordinator for District Attendance.

    CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO REVIEW THE DETAILED REPORTS:

    Orange icons of calculator and pencil 2018/19 BCPS Data Snapshot: Student Attendance SY17-SY19 and Appendices released December 2019.

    Data Snapshot  2017/18 BCPS Data Snapshot: Student Attendance SY16-SY18 and Appendices released 10/10/2018

    2016/17 Attendance Data Snapshot  2016/17 BCPS Data Snapshot: Student Attendance

    Black and white calculator and pencil 2015/16 BCPS Data Snapshot: Student Attendance



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