Monday morning I got an email from the school's secretary. Massey's mom wanted to know why her son had been marked absent the prior Thursday.
That was easy. Because he hadn't attended.
Massey had been attending every class meeting, so the instructional aide and I both noted his absence. We wondered what had happened.
The secretary replied that the mom insisted that he had been in class, so the secretary referred her to me.
Basically, the ensuing emails were a back and forth of the mom saying, "Massey was in class," and me replying, "No, he was not". Only relatively polite. She insisted that Massey had to have been in class as she gave him her tablet so he could log in. (Massey currently has no electronics privileges.)
I double checked with the aide. Was I crazy? Nope, she also remembered him not being there.
We left it at me discussing it with Massey on Tuesday.
Massey was in class. I asked him about his attendance on Thursday (after the other students had logged off). He was pretty sure he had been there.
I asked what we had discussed in class. At that point, he admitted that he must have missed class. His certainty had been shaky at best.
I mean, it's not like he's on a school campus. He has to log in to different Google Hangouts. He could have gone to the one earlier in the day and missed mine.
So, in the end, he said he'd tell his mom that he hadn't been there.
Mistakes do happen. I have been known to mark the student under or above present and the present student absent. So, I don't mind the question, and I will double check. But this time I had it right.