Punctuality and Attendance


School to Work Unit 2

Punctuality and Attendance

Lesson Plan calendar

Two reasons why people fail to keep a job are being late for work and missing days from work. In this unit teach the basic rules for attendance and punctuality.

  • Procedure for clocking in and filling out a daily time sheet.
  • What are acceptable reasons for missing work?
  • How much notice do you give the boss when you have to miss work?
  • What are unacceptable reasons for missing work.


  • Attendance- being at work or school every day.
  • Punctuality- being on time.
  • Absenteeism - not going to work
  • Tardiness - being late for school or work
On time for work

NH Curriculum Standards - Career Learning

Curriculum Standard 4. The student will develop characteristics and behaviors necessary for success in school, work, and everyday settings.

  • Demonstrate the importance of responsibility, dependability, punctuality and integrity in school, the workplace, and adult life. end of 10th

Curriculum Standard 6- Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to make a successful transition from school to the world of work and adult life.

  • Identify and explain the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. end of 10th

Objective: To teach employer expectations of employees in the area of punctuality and attendance.


Information to teach


A. Failure to report promptly at the starting time of a shift or leaving before the scheduled quitting time of a shift without the specific approval of the supervisor.

B. Unexcused or excessive absenteeism

C. Failure to observe the time limits and scheduling of lunch, rest or wash-up periods.

D. Failure to notify the supervisor promptly of unanticipated absence or tardiness.

phone inSteps to take to report Lateness or Absence

1. Have a good reason why you are absent.

2. Call your employer As Soon As Possible (define acronym ASAP).

3. Make sure you talk to the person in charge.

4. Explain your reason for missing work: *clearly, *completely, *respectfully.

Two type of reasons for missing work;

  • Emergencies (tell your boss ASAP)
  • Special Occasions (tell boss 1-2 weeks ahead of time).
Provide scenarios of people missing work. Have the students decide if the reasons are good reasons, or a poor reasons, or OK, if not done often.  The students can decide if the reason for missing work was an emergency or a special occasion. Include elements of time, common and uncommon situations.
For Example:
Emergencies- got the flu, sick child to take care of....
Special Occasion- concert, sports event, wedding, ...


Attendance and Puntuality Unit Title Page- with 2 pictures dipicting on time and late

Punctuality and Attendance- outline of notes for the unit

Attendance on the Job- The Why, When, Who and How rules of reporting being late or absent

When Should I Inform the Boss- emergencies and special occasions

Getting to Work on Time- fill in the blank with 15 key vocabulary terms

Calling in When Sick- matching vocabulary to definitions on this topic

Calling in When Sick-2- fill in the blank ( 3 choices- elementary literacy level)

What is Attendance All About- Listed are some reasons why people miss work. Are they Good/Acceptable, Ok if not done often, or Poor reasons? Check one of the boxes next to each reason to show what you think. If the reason is Poor, problem solve the situations people have to deal with regarding being late for or missing work.

Reason Why People Miss Work- activity for students to decide whether the reasons for missing work listed are emergencies or special occasions.

Clocking in Routine- Basic Work Skill

To teach the skill of clocking in and"being on time" In the classroom there is a real time clock, time card rack with each student having a time card and a bulletin board where students pick up their work assignments and time sheets. Some students do all of the above and others, the parts they can do. The routine gives the students daily practice in clocking in and filling out basic written information on a time sheet including: name, date, name of job ( from job card) and time (also using a digital clock for a model in writing the time. The time clock is analog, giving the students experience in both types of telling time.

Sample Time Sheet

Click here for a picture page (pdf file) illustrating Being On Time and Late

The picture pages using scanned pictures or Mayer Johnson Boardmaker symbols are are a great way to develop a vocational notebook for non readers or emerging readers.

Collect data on students progress in the following areas:

1. Enters class, goes to time card rack and finds time card.

2. Places card in clock till it clicks.

3. Puts card back in time card rack.

4. Goes to bulletin board and gets time sheet and job card from the folder with his/her name/picture on it.

5. Goes to table and fills out time sheet:

6. Prints/cursive Full name ( Handwriting Without Tears - HWT writing program)

7. Copies Job from job card onto time sheet

8. Prints Time- copied from digital clock

9. Puts time sheet in purple folder on bulletin board

10. Puts Job card in "Jobs" folder on bulletin board

11. Goes to work area and begin assignment

Why have students fill out a written paper and the time clock? To get practice in both areas as we don't know which they will encounter in different work situations. They may have a different clock in procedure but the point is there will be some clock in and out procedure, some form of accountability. Also this is an opportunity to reinforce the basic skills of writing their name, date and time and telling time

Literacy is the #1 Vocational skill.

updated 10/17/2011