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Absence Reporting - New Procedures for 2020-2021

The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Accurate attendance information ensures that we can identify students who need support and, therefore, is a key component in keeping our school community safe. To ensure that the school has accurate, timely information regarding students who are absent, New Trier has implemented a new, centralized attendance reporting procedure through the PowerSchool Parent Portal . This new attendance reporting procedure goes into effect on the first day of student attendance, Wednesday, August 26.

Expect Quarantine Absences (Individuals and Classes)
New Trier must follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Guidance to ensure we are keeping our students and staff safe. This guidance changes frequently and continues to better define who must quarantine or isolate if they experience COVID-like symptoms , are diagnosed with COVID-19 or come into close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone who has. It is probable that individuals and classes will be required to quarantine during this school year.

What is considered an absence during remote or hybrid learning?
Fortunately, the District has developed a flexible learning model that will account for extended absences in response to the health department's dynamic quarantine directives. A student should be reported absent whenever they are unable to participate in remote learning or cannot be present on campus when they are scheduled to do so. Students who are learning remotely need only report an absence when they are unable to participate in class online.

Absence Due to COVID-19
It is imperative that parents immediately contact Health Services at New Trier if their student is diagnosed with COVID-19 by calling 847-784-2111 or by emailing (Winnetka Campus) or (Northfield Campus).

Reporting an Absence
Parents may report an absence by clicking on the "Report an Absence" link on the website. The link will take you to the PowerSchool Portal . Sign in and select "Forms." Select and complete the "Student Absence Form" (this form will be available by the first day of school). If your student will be ill, you will be asked to provide information regarding their symptoms.

Parents may also report an absence, late arrival, or early dismissal report by calling 847-784-2286 (Winnetka Campus) or 847-784-7533 (Northfield Campus).

Reporting a Late Arrival or Early Dismissal
If a student will miss a class either in person or online due to a late arrival to school or an early dismissal from school, parents should follow the procedures for reporting an absence.