I do not know about you, but I can't keep up with all the kids who are absent on a day to day basis, so I made up this form for the students to pick up when they get back to school.
Obviously, I am teaching and cannot fill out this form, so I have their classmates fill it out for them. I have my students in groups, so when a group member is absent, another group member will take a blank "While you were out" form from the folder in the back, fill it out and collect the necessary worksheets and HW, and attach it to the form.
Each of my students has a folder for my class that never leaves my room, so the group member will put the "while you were out " page in the absent kiddo's folder.
It works amazingly!