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The Virus Vs. Class Attendance Rates

Last year, public school attendance rates were 92%. With the transition to online learning, this rate has dropped down to 84%. This alarming decrease could be due to a lag in upload of attendance data. However, it is important to ask what exactly students are missing in this time- whether it is a full day of class, an email from a teacher, or simply logging into an online portal. Do all of these hold the same weight?

Each school's policy for attendance is targeted to their own school. However, there is a general understanding that students should have some form of interaction daily. Schools are still working on full details of how to improve attendance reporting, turning in assignments, and dictating what counts as "participating". The online transition is new to all and a journey of maneuvering through what counts as "right" or "wrong".


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