UPDATE: As of 09.28.2020
Friendly Reminder: DESE extends timeline
for dropping students until September 30, 2020
of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) temporarily earlier extended
the period for dropping students who have not reported to school as expected,
either in-person or virtually, or for whom the district has no
other information to verify the reason for non-attendance. These students
(typically referred to as “no-shows”) should remain enrolled in the district
until Wednesday, September 30, 2020, unless the district receives
verification that the student should be dropped for a reason other than
“no-show.” Under the authority of
Executive Orders 20-06 and 20-16 issued by Governor Hutchinson, DESE suspended
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-202(e)(1) thus allowing school districts to keep enrolled
students who do not attend school for ten (10) school days or more. Usually, a student determined to be a
‘no-show’ is dropped on the 10th school day, but DESE is extending the deadline
to drop and is encouraging each district and charter school to utilize the
strategies below to locate these students and enroll them in the appropriate learning
environment (instructional) option:
- Code 1: on-site/traditional learning,
- Code 2: virtual/remote learning,
- Code 3: hybrid/blended learning, or
- Code 4: NA (No Show/No Activity -- This is not the official No Show drop)
These codes are
listed below and are outlined in the SIS Handbook (ST0317 Student Instructional
an effort to provide additional information for local, state, and federal
reporting, a new field has been added into eSchoolPLUS and SIS (Statewide Information System) called Student Instructional Option that will identify
the student’s selected learning environment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each student record will
identify one of the three options for instruction (see below). The
designation should reflect the selection by parent or student at any point
during the school year that the district allows.
new codes are as follows:
- Student Instructional Option – Indicates which type of instructional setting chosen for the student.
– Onsite/Traditional Learning: Student attends full-time (100%)
on-campus/on-site instruction during the typical school week.
– Virtual/Remote Learning: Student attends full-time (100%)
off-site/remote utilizing technology resources for instruction.
– Hybrid/Blended Learning: Student attends a combination of on-site and
remote learning utilizing technology and blended learning resources (for
students that do not fit option 1 or 2).
The eSchoolPLUS menu access to this new element
is as follows: Registration > Entry & Reports > Student District
Defined > SIS/Misc Items. Correspondingly, this data field will be pulled/reported in Statewide Information System (SIS), Cycle 2 through Cycle 7 period using the Student table in SIS.
If the district eSchoolPLUS Administrator needs
assistance, please contact the district’s APSCN Field Analyst or the APSCN