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Attendance Policy for Students

As schools transition to a blended learning environment in the fall of 2020, in accordance with New York State reopening guidance, NYCDOE must track student attendance for reporting, state aid, and instructional purposes.

Moving forward, the City will use “attendance” and not “interaction” as a measure of student engagement and instructional time in remote and in-person learning settings. This is a return to a more traditional definition and practice of taking attendance, aligned to New York State Law.

The definition of “present” is as follows:

  • In Person: Student is physically present in the classroom/school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

  • Remote:  Student is virtually present for synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

A remote student is present for synchronous instruction:

  • Per the NYCDOE’s academic guidance synchronous instruction is defined as live interaction between the teacher and student(s) each day at a scheduled time, communicated in advance to parents and students.

  • A student should be marked present if virtually present for synchronous instruction during the scheduled school day. This may include being present for an academic course, a homeroom or advisory period.

  • Daily synchronous instruction can be offered to the whole class, in small groups, or with individual students.

  • Daily synchronous instruction may include but is not limited to the use of Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, other NYCDOE approved online video conferencing platforms, and phone conferences to provide synchronous instruction in the following areas:

  • Whole class, small group and/or individualized live instruction,

  • Regular, dedicated time during which students and/or families can connect with teachers and get help with instructional activities (“Office Hours”),

  • Daily live activities that promote students’ social and emotional wellness,

  • Synchronous/live feedback on student learning and work progress check-ins with students,

  • Conferences with students or families.

A remote student is present for asynchronous instruction:

  • Per the NYCDOE’s academic guidance asynchronous instruction is defined as instruction and learning opportunities that do not feature students and teachers interacting at the same time. Asynchronous learning activities enable students to work at their own pace so they can learn the same material at different times independently.

  • A student should be marked present if engaged in asynchronous instruction during the scheduled school day as defined by the DOE’s Instructional Guidelines.

  • Asynchronous instruction occurs daily and serves as a complement to synchronous instruction.


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