When I return from being absent, my foremost concern is how my class was. I usually have a couple of students who will tell me every detail, but I really like to have at least a short note from the sub. I have found that if I leave prompts for a sub, they are more willing to take some time to write out some details for me.
This is a sheet I created to help get the most important details I want to know when I am absent. There are 4 different border options for your to choose from. All you need to do is print them out as they are, or you can make them into a 2 sided sheet of paper. If you are out multiple days, you can create a packet.
Please let me know how I can help you and your classroom. I hope you find these useful. Thank you!