2020-2021 Attendance Policy

NYCDOE has released an updated Attendance Policy for the 2020-2021 school year. As schools prepare to transition to a blended learning environment in the fall of 2020, New York State is requiring the NYCDOE to track student attendance for reporting, state aid, and instructional purposes. Moving forward, the NYCDOE 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 Education Law. In 2020–21, the NYCDOE will track and follow up upon the attendance for every student every day (Monday through Friday), regardless as to whether those students are engaged in remote or in-person learning.

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 in a virtual learning environment for synchronous (live) instruction during the scheduled school day. For students in Pre-K, participation in asynchronous (not live) activities can count as daily attendance.


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