What Is a School Register?

A school register, also known as an attendance register, is an official list of students who are present at the institution. Typically, a school attendance register is updated daily, either electronically or physically.

Many school registers have coding or symbols specific to the school institution to denote different explanations or variations in student attendance. For example, different codes may be used to denote sickness backed up by a doctor’s note, unforseen events or circumstances in a student’s life or unexcused absences. School attendance is required, and attendance policies vary at each school.

Some schools may only take daily attendance, while others take attendance each period. Some common punishments for attendance issues include detention, suspension or even expulsion.