Recording Sunday School Attendance

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Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby Hakuo0000 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:56 pm

Our new Sunday School President is wondering if there's anyway to get away from recording attendance via paper? I get what he means, the attendance list for Gospel Doctrine alone is ten pages long. He's wondering if there's an electronic way to keep track--in a similar way the EQ and RS are now able to keep track of home teaching.

We're hoping there's some beta program we can get into or something.

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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby eblood66 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:19 pm

There is no indication that electronic role taking is in the works. The emphasis right now is on moving existing functionality from MLS to LCR which is likely to be well into next year before it's done.

Personally I have my doubts about whether electronic roles will ever be added. I think the church is hesitant to have records on their servers regarding the behavior of members, possibly for privacy reasons. HT/VT does not actually record whether someone has done their home teaching but rather whether a household was visited (be it by the assigned teachers, the presidency or someone else). So its a different kind of thing.

But perhaps electronic role taking might be added to LDS Tools sometime where the information stays local to that one device. But I haven't heard of that being in the works either.

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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby russellhltn » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:36 pm

eblood66 wrote:Personally I have my doubts about whether electronic roles will ever be added. I think the church is hesitant to have records on their servers regarding the behavior of members, possibly for privacy reasons.

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I think the church is hesitant to keep anything that looks like centralized records for stuff like that. In the case of paper, once it's used to create the stats, maybe it's kept, maybe not. But it never leaves the local leader who has it. It's not centralized. No risk of being viewed as a "permanent record".
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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby sbradshaw » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:46 pm

You could use a spreadsheet app on a tablet to create a roll, and pass it around each week.
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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby rontilby » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:18 pm

Sunday School attendance statistics are not included on the quarterly report! Unless the Sunday School attendance records are actually being used by the Sunday School Presidency, the teachers, or the bishopric, I see no reason to keep taking roll in Sunday School.

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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby sbradshaw » Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:56 pm

Gathering attendance information is one of the roles of the Sunday school secretary, and the Sunday school organization should be using it to help them increase participation (Handbook 2, 12.2.4). The ward clerk usually doesn't need to worry about Sunday school attendance, like he does attendance at Relief Society or Priesthood meetings, but the Sunday school presidency should. And, of course, it may be helpful for the Sunday school presidency to bring attendance into the ward council discussion.
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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby maligonaries » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:13 pm

What I do in EQ is I downloaded a PDF copy of the attendance rolls, then I use the app "Adobe Fill and Sign" to tick the boxes right beside their names.

Hope this would help.

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Re: Recording Sunday School Attendance

Postby jamauai » Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:30 pm

maligonaries wrote:What I do in EQ is I downloaded a PDF copy of the attendance rolls, then I use the app "Adobe Fill and Sign" to tick the boxes right beside their names.
Hope this would help.


Just tested and it works surprisingly well. Thanks for sharing.


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