If you are like me, you hate it when students are absent, come back the next day, and say "what did I miss?" I don't have time to stop everything and tell the student, plus the student will not remember anyway!! So here is the solution: Make Up Work Request Forms. The returning student fills out his/her name, class, today's date, and date(s) of absence. Then you, or even a student helper, writes what assignments the student missed. The student has 3 days to make up the work from the day they return.
If you copy them on color coded paper for each of your classes, cut them apart (there are 4 to a page), and put them where your students are able to get to them, you are putting the responsibility on the absent student to get the work! LESS WORK FOR YOU!!!