Attendance in the virtual learning environment

Attendance Matters!

In Virginia, students enrolled in public schools are required to attend school regularly, regardless of the type of instruction offered. Our students need to be present, engaged, and supported as they return for the 2020-21 school year.

During our virtual opening:

  • FCPS must record student attendance every school day.
  • Parents should report their student’s absences to school any day students are unable to participate in learning, including on Mondays. They may report the absences by calling the school attendance line or emailing the school-designated attendance address.
  • When parents do not report their students’ absences, teachers and school personnel will call to identify the student’s absence reasons. 
    • An eNotify (electronic) message will reach parents about the student absence.
    • Parents then can reach the school and provide information about the student absences.

Common reason why students may not be able to participate in virtual learning:

  • Student illnesses
  • Religious holiday observances
  • Temporary family hardship, such as temporary relocation
  • Lack of reliable Internet connection.
    School personnel need to know if families are experiencing challenges in accessing online instruction, so that they can offer support and connect families to resources.

Stay in contact with your students’ schools so that we can work together to support their learning.

Did you know?

  • Regular school attendance in elementary school improves the chances that your child will read on grade level.
  • Chronic absenteeism (missing 18 or more school days per year) is a primary cause of lower academic achievement even when the absences are "excused" or understandable.
  • Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing some other potentially serious difficulty, and help is available.  
Graphic showing that students have 2 absences per month over 9 months of school are less likely to graduate from high school
Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.

FCPS expects students to participate during the virtual learning, and beyond, by following their assigned schedules, unless their absence is excused due to illness, a death in the family, a medical or dental appointment, or religious obligations.

Check Your Child's Attendance

Parents can log into the Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account to view your child's attendance. For additional support with accessing and using the SIS Parent Account visit our SIS Parent Account overview page.

Community Partner Resources

Marketing materials for the purpose of informing community members of the importance of good attendance.
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Attendance Website in Spanish

View a professional translation of the attendance website.
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