Beginning January 3, 2018 teachers will only have the ability to mark absent students as unexcused (UNX) rather than unverified (UNV). This change is being put in place to accommodate new Virginia Department of Education reporting requirements as well as to streamline attendance processes. Once the first semester is over, the IT Specialist will begin updating all 1st semester absences with a code of UNV to UNX.
Guidance Counselors (Section Setup): When creating a new section for a class that spans across multiple periods (i.e. 1-2(A)) go to the line that reads "Record Attendance" and select "Each Meeting Separately". If the section only meets for one period you can leave it to the default setting of "Once for each meeting".
PowerTeacher: Please let teachers know to follow the instructions below when taking attendance for a class that spans across multiple periods. 1. After logging into PowerTeacher go to the Record Meeting Attendance page for the first period of the class and mark the absence, tardy, or early dismissal. Then click Submit. 2. Next, if a period selection (below) is available, change it to the next period of the same class and click submit (without marking attendance). This will allow them to see the green dot indicating that they have taken attendance for that class. It also allows the attendance clerk to see the green box indicating that the teacher has taken attendance when looking at the "Teacher Attendance Submission Status" page.
Attendance Clerks (Updating Attendance): When updating a student's meeting attendance, only make the change for the first period of a multi-period section (see example below).