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Teacher Attendance

The attendance buttons allow teachers to enter attendance records, change these records (if desired), and print reports on the attendance of their homeroom or subjects (courses).

Attendance Entry and Login

In order to do attendance, each teacher must have a userid and password set in the staff table. This is set by the secretary/administrator on the main admin site. It is a different userid/password from the shared userid and password all teachers use to get into the teacher site. Note: The new versions of OA can use a mysql authenticaion package that will allow them to be the same. However, a double login is, unfortunately, still required. All teachers must have a unique userid and password.

When you login, one of your options is the duration. This is the length of time that you have to enter your attendance before your login times out and will require you to log in again. This length of time is reset while you are actively working on attendance every time you do a submission, etc.

Once you are done with your attendance entry you may exit your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer) or Log Out so that no one else may change your attendance (or other values).

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There are several attendance entry methods for teachers depending on their needs:

  1. Student Name, Period (called SNAP for Student Name, Am/Pm) - this presents the teacher with her/his homeroom student list, with checkboxes for the periods of the day, and a pulldown list of reasons for absence or lateness. The current date is in a pull down box listing all the days of the week. There are also two other buttons for changing the date to the Next Week or Previous Week. This method is only used for a single day attendance entry.

  2. Student Name, Period (multi-day) - this method provides the same information that the snap method does (student, period, reason) but allows attendance to be done on a weekly basis. (biweekly is also easily possible if the script is changed by your admin). The first web page allows for date and period selection, while the second page allows the selection of the absence reason for each period. The third page allows for confirmation.

  3. Subject Based Entry (subject) - this method is used by high school and/or subject specialist teachers to enter subject specific attendance. This information includes the student, period, subject, and reason. It will list all of the subjects that a teacher has in the current term and the students in each. It is similar to the snap method in this regard.

    If the teacher has a timetable entered in the schedule system, then his/her day will be displayed with only those subjects that he/she teaches today. As well, they will have the correct periods for those subjects only. This will minimize attendance entry errors. If there is no scheduling information, then the script will show all of the teachers subjects (for this term) and all possible periods. This, of course, is much more prone to errors.

  4. Student Alias (sa4, and sa6) - Their use is Deprecated. (ie. don't use). This is a student alias entry method similar to the methods used for administrative attendance entry. The alias shortens the required length of number used to identify a student. However, these methods are less desirable than the previous methods which are faster and easier to use. You will need a printed list of student names and their alias numbers. These methods will capture more or less information about attendance depending on the schools needs.

There are several features to note about the entry screen:

Attendance Editing

There are two general methods for editing student attendance based on whether you are doing homeroom based attendance or subject based attendance. Both methods still require that you have logged in using the Login button at the top of the main teacher screen. Set a reasonable time for the duration so that you will have time to complete your work (although in most cases this time will continue to be reset to this duration as you work ).

Attendance Reporting

There are two ways of looking at student attendance:

  1. Group Attendance - This allows you to look at attendance by either grade or homeroom. You may also enter a date range to select for only particular dates. If the dates are left blank then all attendance records from the start of the school year to the present are displayed. By selecting a later start date you may see only more recent records.

    Once viewing the student attendance records, you may click on the student name in order to see only his/her reocrds. This will show all of this student's records. There is no date selection to limit the number of records shown. The bottom of the screen also displays a search box for individual student searching as well.

  2. Individual Attendance - This allow for individual student attendance reporting. You may enter a lastname and then all students with this lastname are displayed. From this screen a single student is selected for display.

    A more selective approach is to use the lastname, firstname with a comma separating the two parts of the name. Initials are also a very fast approach to searching. If more than one student with these initials, a screen will again allow selection of a single student. The local student number may also be used, if known.

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