What is the term for activity when a teacher is account for students presence in his class?

In my native language, this is called "Absency" (absensi). I believe this was a term (incorrectly) absorbed from English. I know that absence doesn't mean the activity where teacher accounts for students presence. So the context of sentence is "Miss Janette [...] of students in her class and she notices Brandon is not present today." Can somebody help?


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There are two ways I can think of saying this: take/call roll and take attendance.

  • attendance
    2a : the persons or number of persons attending something Attendance at the soccer games has been increasing. also : an account of persons attending The teacher took attendance [=made a record of who was present] before starting class.
    b : the number of times a person attends a student who has perfect attendance [=a student who has been present at every class]

  • call (the) roll and take (the) roll
    to call the names of people from a list of those enrolled, expecting them to reply if they are present. After I call the roll, please open your books to page 12. I will take roll, and then we will do arithmetic.

The examples are

  • Miss Janette takes attendance of students in her class and she notices Brandon is not present today.
  • Miss Janette calls roll of students in her class and she notices Brandon is not present today.

If we previously know that Miss Janette is a teacher, then "of students in her class" becomes optional.

  • Ah I see. I'm only familiar absence and presence, although I've heard the word attendance somewhere. But I thought it also has the same meaning as presence. I think I will use the attendance. Thanks a lot! Sep 20, 2018 at 2:38

The word is 'attendance.'

Miss Janette was taking an attendance in her class and she noticed that..

Attendance is an activity where who's present and who's not is marked by a teacher.

I hope this is what you are asking for.

  • In Britain we might say "take the register" or do a "roll call". Sep 19, 2018 at 10:21
  • Yes, this is the word I'm looking for. I just don't know how to search for it in google. Thanks! Sep 20, 2018 at 2:38
  • @MichaelHarvey that is interesting. I never heard a "roll call" before. "Take the register" sounds more familiar in my ear. Thanks! Sep 20, 2018 at 2:39
  • Definition of Roll Call : 1 : the act or an instance of calling off a list of names (as for checking attendance) (Merriam-Webster) (Dictionary) link Sep 20, 2018 at 14:56

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