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The Importance of Attendance Letter Templates

Sick ChildIn education, attendance is defined as a student’s physical presence in the classroom. Within each school year, hundreds of school days elapse for hundreds or thousands of students. Using data from your eSchoolPLUS student information system, attendance letters must be prepared according to each eligible student’s specific situation and the effect of their tardiness or absence on their education.

Attendance letters are used in a number of situations and are vital for many reasons. They can alert family members of patterns of attendance or tardiness, verify compliance with education laws, determine a district’s average daily attendance for state funding purposes, be used to gain information about the student’s location for safety reasons, develop attendance plans with families, and close gaps in student performance to increase school completion. Attendance policies can differ between states, districts, and even schools within the same district.

eSchoolPLUS customers can easily create their own template attendance letters in Microsoft Word. The software will simplify the process by generating a data file to merge appropriate parent contact information into the documents.

eSchoolPLUS Attendance also offers the following features:

  • Accommodates standard attendance entry for daily and period absences.
  • Attendance calculations can be based on minutes, half days, whole days, or other defined intervals.
  • Both office staff and teachers can enter student attendance.
  • The system records a complete audit trail of access and entries.
  • Attendance is included in several areas of the software to help determine which students require further evaluation.
  • eSchoolPLUS Attendance can be used to identify which students should be ineligible for activities, as well as those who should not receive credit for a course because they have exceeded their absence limit.

For more information, click here to sign up for a product demonstration or call (866) 905-8989 to speak to a SunGard K-12 representative.

 

The Importance of Attendance Letter Templates

Sick ChildIn education, attendance is defined as a student’s physical presence in the classroom. Within each school year, hundreds of school days elapse for hundreds or thousands of students. Using data from your eSchoolPLUS student information system, attendance letters must be prepared according to each eligible student’s specific situation and the effect of their tardiness or absence on their education.

Attendance letters are used in a number of situations and are vital for many reasons. They can alert family members of patterns of attendance or tardiness, verify compliance with education laws, determine a district’s average daily attendance for state funding purposes, be used to gain information about the student’s location for safety reasons, develop attendance plans with families, and close gaps in student performance to increase school completion. Attendance policies can differ between states, districts, and even schools within the same district.

eSchoolPLUS customers can easily create their own template attendance letters in Microsoft Word. The software will simplify the process by generating a data file to merge appropriate parent contact information into the documents.

eSchoolPLUS Attendance also offers the following features:

  • Accommodates standard attendance entry for daily and period absences.
  • Attendance calculations can be based on minutes, half days, whole days, or other defined intervals.
  • Both office staff and teachers can enter student attendance.
  • The system records a complete audit trail of access and entries.
  • Attendance is included in several areas of the software to help determine which students require further evaluation.
  • eSchoolPLUS Attendance can be used to identify which students should be ineligible for activities, as well as those who should not receive credit for a course because they have exceeded their absence limit.

For more information, click here to sign up for a product demonstration or call (866) 905-8989 to speak to a SunGard K-12 representative.

 

The Importance of Attendance Letter Templates

Sick ChildIn education, attendance is defined as a student’s physical presence in the classroom. Within each school year, hundreds of school days elapse for hundreds or thousands of students. Using data from your eSchoolPLUS student information system, attendance letters must be prepared according to each eligible student’s specific situation and the effect of their tardiness or absence on their education.

Attendance letters are used in a number of situations and are vital for many reasons. They can alert family members of patterns of attendance or tardiness, verify compliance with education laws, determine a district’s average daily attendance for state funding purposes, be used to gain information about the student’s location for safety reasons, develop attendance plans with families, and close gaps in student performance to increase school completion. Attendance policies can differ between states, districts, and even schools within the same district.

eSchoolPLUS customers can easily create their own template attendance letters in Microsoft Word. The software will simplify the process by generating a data file to merge appropriate parent contact information into the documents.

eSchoolPLUS Attendance also offers the following features:

  • Accommodates standard attendance entry for daily and period absences.
  • Attendance calculations can be based on minutes, half days, whole days, or other defined intervals.
  • Both office staff and teachers can enter student attendance.
  • The system records a complete audit trail of access and entries.
  • Attendance is included in several areas of the software to help determine which students require further evaluation.
  • eSchoolPLUS Attendance can be used to identify which students should be ineligible for activities, as well as those who should not receive credit for a course because they have exceeded their absence limit.

For more information, click here to sign up for a product demonstration or call (866) 905-8989 to speak to a SunGard K-12 representative.

 

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools Leverages Data to Create a Bright Future

School District Profile:

  • Public school district serving students in the parish southeast of New Orleans, an area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
  • The storm devastated all 15 of the district’s buildings and forced most of the district’s students and staff to abandon their homes. Enrollment fell from 8,800 to 334 students.
  • Today, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools has repaired and reopened 11 schools and its enrollment is approaching pre-Katrina levels. The district’s extraordinary efforts and determination are inspiring a generation of students to pursue their educational dreams despite the obstacles.

Challenge:

Demonstrate to students that “given a vision, an extraordinary effort will result in extraordinary success.”

Solution:

Leverage data in SunGard K-12 Education’s student information system, eSchoolPLUS, to guide teachers in improving individual student performance.

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools’ Success Story

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through St. Bernard Parish, La. One of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history, Katrina created a 25-foot storm surge that destroyed the parish’s levees and left behind five- to 12-feet of standing water in the community. All 15 school buildings of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools were devastated, some beyond repair.

St. Bernard Unified School

FEMA/Robert Kaufmann

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the school district led the community’s rebirth, resuming classes on November 14, 2005, at St. Bernard Unified School, which was comprised of temporary trailers and an undamaged portion of Chalmette High School. Just 334 of the district’s 8,800 students attended on re-opening day—brave warriors in the community’s fight to restore a sense of normalcy to everyday life.

Today, the district has been shaped by the determination of its administration, staff, parents, and students in those days in the aftermath of the historic storm. With widespread support, St. Bernard Parish has repaired and reopened 11 schools. Families continue to return to the community, growing the student population to about 6,500—not quite what it was on that fateful day in August 2005, but certainly reminiscent of the days before Katrina forever altered their way of life.

School Data Survives the Storm

For George Cancienne, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools’ computer services manager, the seemingly herculean task of rebuilding was eased by a fortuitous circumstance.

“We didn’t lose too much because my data center is on the second floor. Our first floor was destroyed by the flood, but the second floor was fine,” he explains. “When we got back, my mainframe was okay … and I lost just one server in my office.

“At the time, our systems weren’t set up as they are today,” he recalls. “Basically our mainframe did everything, and I was lucky to have copied all the files off before the storm.” His efforts backed up all of the district’s information, including its student data—which was then, as it is today, collected in eSchoolPLUS, SunGard K-12 Education’s student information system.

eSchoolPLUS is a recognized industry-leading student information system. It has received Gartner’s highest possible rating and was named to District Administration’s Top 100 products list. A cost-effective software solution, eSchoolPLUS helps educators manage day-to-day student administration, monitor student performance, and facilitate communication between district staff, parents, and students.

The data from eSchoolPLUS gave district faculty and administrators one solid foothold from which they could start the rebuilding process.

Looking Forward with High Expectations

After years of effort, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools have been revitalized. Today, the district is a leader in student achievement.

Fundamental to St. Bernard Parish’s educational philosophy is the belief that “expectations for learning must be high in order for students to think critically and produce quality work.” For Cancienne, eSchoolPLUS is a key to the realization of this truth, as the system provides the data that helps educators develop a firm understanding of the needs and abilities of the individual student.

Cancienne and his team mine student performance data from the student information system. “It’s good to have the data there, but if you’re just using it to print report cards, what good does it do you?” asks Cancienne.

In eSchoolPLUS, the district has set up a benchmark assessment grade for each student. “We import all the state testing data. Once we load all those test records, we can run reports for each teacher by subject area. Then they can look at how the student performance was the previous year and see how to help them,” he explains.

“When you give a report like that to a teacher, he or she can see where individual students aren’t performing well and can help that student improve. Not every student needs help in the same way. One student may be lacking in one area and another may need help somewhere else. You have to tailor your teaching for different students. And, I think these reports give teachers that data to analyze each student’s capabilities.”

A Brightened Future for Students

Guided by data, St. Bernard Parish educators are energizing their classrooms—empowering their students and brightening their future. “We’re quite proud of how well our students are achieving,” says Cancienne. “And, that’s because of the efforts of our teaching staff and our administration.”

Since the days before Katrina, Cancienne says the district has added more and more technology to support teachers as they seek to inspire students to be “responsible, productive citizens and life-long learners.” “We now have smart boards for teachers with laptops, which are just changing education tremendously,” he says. “All this technology has got to be making a world of difference for our teachers and students.”

In addition, the district holds a Data Fest every summer. During the session, principals and curriculum supervisors review data from eSchoolPLUS and state benchmark assessments and develop a “game plan” for improving student performance during the coming academic year.

While implementing the plan, the school district uses SunGard K-12 Education’s Home Access Center to engage parents and guardians in supporting student achievement. “I think Home Access Center has been a real hit with our parents,” says Cancienne.

Thanks to these initiatives, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools are demonstrating by example that “given a vision, an extraordinary effort will result in extraordinary success.”

Visit SunGard K-12 Education’s website for more stories celebrating our customers’ success.

eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App: Lake Park Community High School District 108 Spoke, SunGard K-12 Education Listened

School District Profile:

  • Public school district comprised of one high school, divided into two campuses, serving about 3,000 students from the communities around Roselle, Ill.
  • The district’s approximately 200 teachers seek to “inspire in students a sense of personal responsibility and a passion for learning while challenging them to reach their full potential.”
  • With a reputation for excellence, the school has been ranked among the 500 best U.S. high schools by Newsweek.

Challenge:

Access to student information is essential for school administrators, who need to be on the go in support of student achievement and district activities.

Solution:

Eagerly anticipating the release of the eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile Application, Lake Park Community High School District 108 volunteered to be one of the Beta districts for the product—hoping to influence the features of the product and ensure its readiness right out of the gate.

Lake Park Community High School District 108’s Story of Success

Lake Park Community High School LogoAt Lake Park Community High School District 108, Ill., the walkie talkies that administrators carried when they monitored the lunchroom were an ironic reminder that 21st-century technology hadn’t arrived for every aspect of their school operation.

John Gates, manager of information systems, says the antiquated system for accessing information is cumbersome and inefficient. “Our administrators had to radio into someone, who was sitting in front of a computer, to look up student data,” he explains. “It took a lot time.”

So, when Gates heard that SunGard K-12 Education was launching a Beta program for the eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile Application, he volunteered immediately. “These days, there is an expectation to have access to student information on the go,” says Gates. “As a programmer, I felt I could offer the kind of insight that would make the mobile access product better at the initial software release.”

Eliminating the Walkie Talkies

The eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App puts important student information at administrators’ fingertips via their iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®; Android™ device; or Kindle Fire. The app’s intuitive touch interface connects administrators with student schedules, attendance, medical records, emergency contact information, and other essential data. It also facilitates anytime, anywhere access to the discipline referral process, as well as communications with district staff and student contacts.

To Gates, the eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App is an essential tool for administrators.

“When administrators are on the job, they are on the go. They’re monitoring the lunchrooms. Walking the halls. Observing classes,” explains Gates. “And, today there’s an expectation that administrators will be able to access student information anywhere, including outside at football games or on field trips. So the mobile app has greatly enhanced their ability to do their job.”

Out of the box, administrators found the mobile app very intuitive. “I did a light overview with a few people. But, for most of our staff, I didn’t have to give any instruction at all,” he says. Screen overlays guide users the first time each of the mobile app’s pages are opened.

Partnering for Student Success

Gates believes that SunGard K-12 Education valued the feedback it received during the Beta program.

“I offered a number of suggestions, especially with the admin interface to the application. I feel like SunGard K-12 Education really listened and did its absolute best to address things we identified,” says Gates. “The application today functions well and is utilizable by us. I appreciated being a part of the Beta, and I will certainly opt to be a Beta tester in the future.”

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