When one of my students returns from an absence, he/she knows to check the "Absent Binder" upon returning. This binder contains forms that briefly describe what went on in class that day. It states lesson topics, due dates, homework, etc. Each day someone is absent, I have the Class Recorder fill out this form and include any additional worksheets the absent student may need. It is an easy way for students to manage their studies and not cause a distraction as they do so!