November 27, 2020
Advisory: Program of Study and Student Absence
ETT members are advised that the program of study refers to the content you are currently teaching your students in class. It is not a brand new program. It is a continuation of your practice that is shared with the student absent from your classroom setting. In some cases, not all of the learning opportunities can be sent to the absent student to engage in as it would require direct teacher instruction.
Teachers always have a professional duty when it comes to reporting on student progress, but a teacher must also be able to support that evaluation with documentation of student work. Assessment of the work provides formative information. It is an assessment for learning to assist the learner, not for formal evaluation. An option for this would include descriptive feedback.
Teachers should use their professional judgement regarding what, how, and when the classroom work is sent to the student. This should not be a significant departure from your regular practice when a student is absent due to illness.
Some options include:
- Photographing the work and sending it via email
- Posting via a regularly used electronic communication
- Providing a hard copy of the work and putting it in an envelope for pick up or mail out
This process should not be burdensome to your workload.
Member are advised that knowingly/willfully and incorrectly reporting student attendance may result in professional misconduct allegations. The G code is used in very defined circumstances. Parent withdrawal of a student is not one of those cases.
If your principal is requiring or directing you to do something beyond the parameters of this advisory, please contact your ETT Executive Officer for support.