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Attendance Policy Clarification for Lewis/Parkside/Roxbury Families

Our staff is working diligently to support high levels of student learning during this unique school year.  We know how critical it is to have students participate in the learning however possible, but due to the unique nature of our synchronous blended learning model, having students appear unexpectedly in the virtual classroom without having the necessary materials can have an impact on the overall learning for the entire class. We understand there will be more student absences this year as families keep their students home out of an abundance of caution and appreciate your continued diligence in helping to keep our school community safe.

  • To address this concern, we want to clarify our attendance policy.  As students are beginning to have absences, we will implement the following plan:
    Students who are sick for a short-term absence (1 or 2 days) will NOT log in to Zoom and we will NOT send home school materials.  We understand and appreciate your willingness to help your child continue to learn when they are under the weather. So that students do not fall behind from their peers, when your children are absent, if they are healthy enough to do so, they should complete the following learning activities:
    • Read for 20-30 minutes.
    • Go to the SAVVAS website and watch the daily math video and complete the homework page in the Additional Practice book.
    • Complete work assigned in their Google classroom, if applicable.
  • When students are sick for an extended period of time OR WILL BE QUARANTINED FOR 10-14 DAYS, we will gather their materials and arrange pick up from the office so that they can learn virtually.  Teachers will need time to collect materials, so please understand that this may not happen immediately.

Just like in typical years, students miss occasional days of school and when that occurs teachers will work to ensure that any instruction that is missed does not hinder their learning. The most important thing you can do when your child is sick is to take care of them so that they can return to school safely and in good health as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding as we try to create a blended learning model that benefits all of our students during these unprecedented times.


Julia Howell, Lewis Principal,

Mariann Moeschberger, Roxbury Principal,  

Amanda Sullen, Parkside Principal,