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Attendance Matters

Attendance in Distance Learning

While our schools are in distance learning, attendance will be based on students logging into Canvas and doing their assignments. Attendance will be taken weekly using assignments completed between Monday morning and Sunday night.

  • Elementary students will need to complete a minimum of one assignment per half day of school to be counted present (10 assignments per week in a week with no holidays); and

  • Secondary students will need to complete a minimum of one assignment per day per course to be counted present (5 assignments per week per course in a week with no holidays).

If students complete the required number of assignments for attendance for their grade level (10 per week for elementary, 5 per course per week for secondary), they will be marked as present for the week. If students complete part of their number of required assignments for attendance, they will be marked present for part of the week. 

All assignments will be tracked and recorded in Canvas. Students must mark assignments in Canvas as completed.

Examples of Partial Attendance

  • Elementary: a student who completes 5 assignments by Sunday night would be marked present for 2.5 days of school.

  • Secondary: a student who completes 4 assignments in a course by Sunday night would get credit for 4 days of attending that course.

Follow your schedule. Students must join live Zooms as much as possible. Participating in live class is critical. Alert your child’s teacher if you have extenuating circumstances that prevent your child from attending live Zoom classes.

Learning is social. Learning happens best during personal/face to face interactions. It helps you to learn when your camera is on. Turn on cameras as much as you can.

Excused Absences

The excused absence policy has not changed: parents or guardians must provide written or verbal explanation to the school.

Student Grades

Tulsa Public Schools will return to regular grading in the 2020-2021 school year. Parents can use PowerSchool at to view their child’s grades.

Building good attendance habits

Start building good attendance habits in preschool so children learn early on that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in school, in college, and in careers. 

How can families support student attendance?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine;
  • Get clothes ready and pack backpacks the night before;
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if you are unable to take your child;
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session; and
  • Talk to teachers or the school counselor if your child seems anxious about going to school.

Visit your child's school website for opening and dismissal bell times.

Tulsa Public Schools Absence Policy

All absences must have a written or verbal explanation provided by the parent or guardian within 48 hours of the student's return to school. For an absence to be excused, per state law, a doctor’s note, funeral program, court document, etc, must be provided. A parent’s explanation will be recorded as "with explanation" (W), but not excused. Explained absences are legally unexcused absences.

If a student is absent for too many days, the attendance officer may report the absences to the district attorney for juvenile proceedings. View Policy 2204: Student Attendance regarding truancy and how many absences is too many.


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Did you know...?

  • Attendance is the number one predictor of whether a student will drop out of school.
  • The likelihood that a student will drop out increases 2.21 times for every year of chronic absenteeism.
  • A student in grades 8-12 who is absent for 10 percent or more of a single school year is 7.4 times more likely to drop out.
  • Students can still fall behind even if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.