In my district, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, more than 33,000 students have their attendance taken across 40 locations during the school day. While we took attendance online for years, we still relied on paper processes for identifying and submitting student “no-show” lists, which often took our staff a week to sort through.

Our district is the sixth fastest-growing district in Texas, adding almost 1,500 students every year. With such rapid expansion, we knew the amount of time it would take to tally “no-shows” could only get worse. It was time for a more efficient strategy.

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After extensive planning and help from our technology, we held our district’s first-ever “Paperless First Day” for attendance and “no-show” students. Following are a few notes on our district’s journey, along with tips, tricks, and benefits I learned about changing our district to a more paperless environment.

About the Author:

Dr. Chad Jones is the director of digital learning at Lamar CISD in Texas.


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