DOES Information - Attendance, Code of Conduct, Handbook

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 4:23pm


Active student participation is the key to student achievement, both in the classroom and during distance learning. Teachers will design engaging lessons and activities, both for virtual live classes and online assignments. Regular participation is essential for student growth, and students are expected to engage in learning activities every week.

Student attendance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday instruction will occur as follows:

  • At the elementary level, both the homeroom teacher and mathematics teacher will take attendance, noting whether students were present online for synchronous instruction.

  • Daily attendance will be based on teacher-recorded attendance for the entire school day.

On Wednesdays, student will be counted as present if they do one or more of the following since the previous Wednesday:


  • Submit an assignment to one of their teachers

  • Engage in synchronous instruction with an HCPSS teacher

  • Complete work in the Canvas learning management system, DreamBox or Lexia Core5

DOES Email Address for Student Absences

Dayton Oaks has an email address dedicated to reporting absences. If your child will miss class for any reason, please use to inform the school.

The mailbox will be monitored by front office staff so please include the following information:

  • Your child’s first and last name

  • Grade

  • Homeroom teacher

  • The dates your child is absent

  • The reason for the absence (if it is an illness, please list the symptoms so we can inform the health room).


HCPSS STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOK: The Student & Parent Handbook will no longer be printed and instead will be available online. The 2020-21 Student & Parent Handbook is available here.

The handbook outlines districtwide practices and policies related to students and parents. It additionally features sub-topics that describe various services, procedures, and protocols implemented in Howard County Public Schools.


The 2020-21 Student Code of Conduct can be found within the Student & Parent Handbook and also is available online.