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CyberTruancy: Exploring Issues of Attendance in the Online Classroom

, Arizona State University, United States ; , Minnesota Virtual High School, United States ; , International Association for K-12 Online Learning, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Although mandatory attendance is easily determined in a traditional, brick-and-mortar school, monitoring and enforcing attendance and truancy in an online environment is perplexing. Despite the challenge, virtual schools have a duty to ensure that students who are enrolled are actually logging on, completing lessons, and “attending” classes in an online setting. This paper describes how attendance and truancy laws apply to online students and explores the notion of cyber-truancy using a policy analysis. Within the context of Minnesota Virtual High School, one of the first schools to develop online attendance policies, we explore the impact and significance of enforcing cybertruancy policy.


Archambault, L., Bender, S. & Kennedy, K. (2013). CyberTruancy: Exploring Issues of Attendance in the Online Classroom. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4092-4096). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 15, 2019 from .

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