Elementary Attendance, Grading and Assessment (Testing)


Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that attendance be taken daily. In order to consider “in attendance,” students are expected to interact and respond to “meaningful interactions” with their teachers every day as determined by your teacher. This may include an online survey question (i.e. exit ticket, SEL video question, etc.) or chat participation.

Attendance is not based on assignment completion. Attendance will be documented in Synergy, our Student Information System. Families will be contacted if students are marked absent because they did not complete​ the check-in ​that day.

Check-in each day, Monday-Friday

  • Grade level teachers will provide specific check-ins for each day of class Monday-Friday
  • Parents of students who are having connectivity issues need to report no later than 11:00 am to their school’s attendance hotline.
  • All students need to complete the instructional check-in by 4 p.m. or be counted absent for the day.  Attendance phone calls will be sent at 7 p.m. (Students experiencing connectivity challenges should make the effort to complete this check-in, if possible.)
  • If a student is ill and cannot attend to complete the check-ins, parents should email and/or call the attendance office (provide email address of attendance person and school attendance hotline) to report the absence

For information on acceptable absences and attendance procedures, please see the APS Handbook 2020-21.


Elementary school grading will be in accordance with usual APS policies: Please see Policy Implementation Procedure I- PIP-1.

Assessment (Testing)

Teachers will assess student readiness in September based on diagnostics and formative assessments. A variety of assessments will be used throughout the year to monitor progress and students’ mastery of standards and skills. Digital assessment tools (i.e. Canvas Quizzes, Google Forms) will be used to evaluate ongoing learning.Parents and students can help make virtual assessments successful. Together, they should:

  • Keep assessment content secure and confidential. Students may not copy or share test content in any manner.
  • Ensure that tests are not viewed or taken by anyone other than the student.
  • Work in an environment that is quiet and free from distraction.
  • Not receive assistance from any individual or resource (textbook, internet site, cell phone texting, etc.) while testing, unless expressly indicated by their teacher.

Parents can help students create a successful testing environment that is quiet and free from distraction.