Attendance (Teachers)

Absences are required by the state of Arizona for funding – if your absence rate is above 6.5% of ADM count, your funding is affected.For elementary schools, your attendance is based on half day, and by taking attendance twice, it lets the attendance office monitor that a student has not left the school during the day, and needs to be marked as partial day absences. Furthermore, if the teacher is not taking attendance in the morning and afternoon, then how are they tracking what students are missing that day, or have left the school permanently for that matter?And finally, by the Arizona State Legislation, and by the Arizona Department of Education, it is required of their employment:

AZ Department of Education: (See Page 31)

Daily Attendance Tracking

For students in elementary grades (KG-8)
Attendance shall be taken at least twice a day and sufficient documentation shall be maintained to support the fractional student absence reported.
For students in high school grades (9-12)
Attendance shall be taken for each period.

Arizona Revised Statutes 

15-521. Duties of teachers

Every teacher shall:
2. Take and maintain daily classroom attendance
15-807. Absence from school; notification of parent or person having custody of pupil; immunity
A. If a pupil in a kindergarten program or grades one through eight is absent from school without excuse as provided in this article or without notice to the school in which the pupil is enrolled of authorization of the absence by the parent or other person who has custody of the pupil, the school in which the pupil is enrolled shall make a reasonable effort to promptly telephone and notify the parent or other person who has custody of the pupil of the pupil’s absence from school:
1. Within two hours after the first class in which the pupil is absent for a pupil in kindergarten or grades one through six.
2. Within two hours after the first class in which the pupil is absent for a pupil in grade seven or eight if the first class in which the pupil is absent is the pupil’s first class of the school day.
3. Within five hours after the first class in which the pupil is absent for a pupil in grade seven or eight if the first class in which the pupil is absent is after the pupil’s first class of the school day.