This semester with all the sickness that has gone around and the crazy weather, it’s hard to keep track of who’s gone and who needs what. If you’re like me, I don’t want this responsibility to fall on me – I already have enough to do!
So if you’re like me, you should use an Absence Form!
For each class period, I assign my “Ayudante de la Maestra” and this is one of their tasks. My “ayduantes” copy down the agenda off the board, then make sure to remind me to give extra copies of handouts so that absent students have no excuse to not complete an assignment. The form also includes my policies about make-up quizzes/tests, and has turn in dates assigned for homework that was assigned while the student was gone.
My “ayudantes” then place the Absence Forms in the file holder. There is a folder for each day (lunes, martes, miércoles, etc.) and the form is put in the day that the student was absent. Upon their return, absent students pick up their sheet instead of asking me for all their work.
I then make sure to reward my “ayudantes” for helping me. I made cupcakes at Christmas for them, I make sure to give them PBIS reward tickets (then traded for candy or other rewards throughout the school), etc.
The only thing I would do to improve this would be to make my sheet less verbose, because while I like that it has all my policies on it I know students don’t read it all. I’d love to see a half sheet version, because I’d also love to kill less trees! =)