Looking for a way to help manage student work when they are absent? Here is a form that I have used in my classroom to help kids keep track of what was assigned while they were out.
This form is placed in a folder on the absent student's desk in the morning to collect any papers that are handed out. One of my classroom jobs is "Secretary." This student is responsible for filling out this form for absent classmates. I will check it over and add to it if necessary. For students who have an extended absence, I make a photocopy and use this as a checklist as they turn in makeup assignments.
I hope this helps you to keep a handle on the absent-student situation!