• What Families Need to Know About Attendance During Remote Learning

    • Attendance will be taken daily for elementary.
    • Attendance will be taken per period for secondary (middle and high school).
      • Monday periods 1-6
      • Tuesday and Thursday periods 1, 3, 5
      • Wednesday and Friday periods 2, 4, 6
    • To fully engage in learning, students need to participate in all planned instructional activities each day. If there are barriers to doing this, contact your child’s school.
    • If your child is going to be absent, please call the school and let them know. The District differentiates between excused and unexcused absences during distance learning.
    • Students will be counted as present for the day (elementary) or period (secondary) if they:
      • Assignments must be submitted by 11:59pm to count for that day’s attendance
      • Interact with a teacher (including Zoom meetings, emails, phone calls); or
      • Provide evidence of participation in a task or assignment.
    • Families will receive notification of absences via robocall for the day. This will allow teachers time to update any assignments submitted by students after hours.
    • If you have updated contact information, please communicate these changes with your child’s school.
    • We are here to support, encourage, and engage students and families during this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school for support.




    Regular participation in classes is critical to student success. It helps keep students motivated and keeps them connected to their peers. For the 2020-21 school year, school districts are required per OSPI guidelines to take attendance as normally required by law. Whether instruction is 100% remote, face-to-face, or in a hybrid model, attendance will be taken daily.

    When students are attending class in the face-to-face model, attendance will be taken by classroom teachers. During distance learning, virtual attendance will be taken each day and students are required to participate daily as they would in an in-person classroom. Attendance will be taken through participation in online class meetings or live instruction as well as through participation in online coursework and assignments housed in Google Classroom.

    Students are expected to attend all synchronous lessons, and log in daily to complete asynchronous work. We also acknowledge there may sometimes be technical circumstances that prevent a student from attending a synchronous lesson. Families will not be penalized for technical circumstances beyond their control. Teachers will support students following an absence by posting materials in Google Classroom. We know that through strong communication and partnerships, SBLSD can work with families to support student attendance and engagement.

    Principals will oversee student attendance in their building. Contact will be made with families regarding students who are not attending or engaging in classes, whether the district is in a distance, hybrid, or a face-to-face model. In addition, student and staff attendance patterns will be reviewed by the District Health Manager and/or the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for trends. Should sudden increases in absences be noted, the local Health Department will be contacted for recommendations and guidance.